Published by TeacherGaming, the award-winning Kerbal Space Program is similar to a NASA simulation except that it is set in a fictional star system and on the planet Kerbin. This accurate rocket simulation encourages trial-and-error learning and makes for often “explosive” physics and engineering experiments. KerbalEdu, a school-ready standalone remix of Kerbal Space Program, is enhanced with features to help teachers integrate the program into the classroom. Players assist the lovable-but-hapless Kerbals as they build rockets and carry out orbital missions. Students master real-world physics and engineering skills as their understanding of STEM concepts blast off. KerbalEdu is available on the online game platform Steam for $17.00 (educational discount); a free demo version is also available.
Throughout the summer months, students can explore the science behind some of their favorite summer activities. On PBS LearningMedia’s Science of Summer website, students will discover the physics of sailing, the chemistry of campfires, the mineral composition of sand, the forces that allow humans to ride bicycles and rollercoasters—and more.
Google’s Science Journal transforms students’ mobile devices into a science laboratory, encouraging students to conduct authentic experiments, collect and visualize data, and record observations from the world around them. The app, which is available for iOS, Android, and most Chromebooks, offers a suite of tools to measure light, motion, sound, G-forces, and more.
When students ask, “How does that work?” they can easily find out on the JigSpace platform. Using the app (for iOS), students can view step-by-step interactive 3D breakdowns of complex ideas, objects, and phenomena.