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  KerbalEdu Extends Kerbal Space Program Into Education
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01/24/2014
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]
MEXICO CITY and TAMPERE, Finland – January 23, 2014 –  Teachers and students can now work together to learn rocket science and the joys of space travel with the official launch of  KerbalEdu, an educational modification of the popular, award-winning space agency game  Kerbal Space Program.

Squad, the developers of  KSP, have partnered with TeacherGaming to launch this project. Still in early development, interested educators and students can go to  www.kerbaledu.com for more information on the game, which is available on compatible Windows, Mac OS and Linux computers. Squad will continue to develop  KSP, which is currently available through early access on its  website as well as Steam and other popular online gaming retailers. TeacherGaming, like its prior popular release  MinecraftEdu, will modify  KSP to enhance its value to professors and teachers in a classroom setting.

KSP is about making rocket science fun, which is why we didn’t need any complex algorithms to realize an educational version is a great extension,” said Squad co-owner Adrian Goya. “TeacherGaming’s experience makes them an ideal partner and we believe  KerbalEdu  is going to be a great tool for science teachers throughout the world to teach our next generation of rocket scientists and astronauts.”

TeacherGaming hasn’t released the first  KerbalEdu  mod but is planning several features specifically for teachers, including:

  • Metric system and other systems for easier data comparison and integration with other school topics
  • UI alterations to include analyzer and data collector tools for easier data gathering, data summarization and problem solving with ship designs
  • Premade lessons that introduce or need a specific scientific method or formula to be solved, such as a rocket with too small of an engine needing more thrust
  • Valuable materials outside of the actual game, but with heavy connections to it, that help educators drive home important lessons
While Squad will remain focused on making sure every new feature in  Kerbal Space Program is fun, TeacherGaming has the same goal – with an educational emphasis.

KerbalEdu is going to help players do more than just dream of the stars in their classroom. It’s going to give them the tools to learn how to reach them,” TeacherGaming CEO Santeri Koivisto said. “Squad is a great partner and a believer in our mission to use games to help educate the next generation of students.”

Schools and other educational institutions interested in  KerbalEdu can purchase the educational version of  Kerbal Space Program for a discounted price and schools who do decide to use the software will also have the opportunity to offer their students a discounted price on  Kerbal Space Program

About Squad

Squad is a multimedia marketing agency located in Mexico City and the development studio behind popular independent video game,  Kerbal Space Program. Founded by Ezequiel Ayarza and Adrian Goya, Squad offers partners a creative and unique way to tap into the blooming Mexican market with its interactive displays, artistic vision and well-rounded marketing skill set. Squad develops  KSP through its early access program, which allows players the opportunity to try the game demo for free or buy the game now, while it’s still in development.

About TeacherGaming

TeacherGaming LLC is an independent game development company started by teachers from the U.S. and Finland on a mission to expand game-based learning to classrooms worldwide.  Our goal is to find the most enriching and engaging commercial games and facilitate their use in schools, libraries, museums, and elsewhere.  We work with established game developers providing educational sales, custom game versions, teacher workshops, and more.  Our product lineup includes educational versions of award winning games Minecraft and  Kerbal Space Program, which have been praised by gamers, parents, and teachers alike .

PR Contact

Bob Holtzman

Director of PR, Squad

robert@squad.com.mx