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.
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Teaching Physics Modules are an outgrowth of an initiative of the Physics Teachers Education Coalition to help preservice physics teachers in their preparation to be effective in the classroom. The modules focus on several crucial aspects of classroom instruction, with the purpose of improving student learning, motivation, and confidence.