Kerbal Space Program is getting a classroom-friendly mod thanks to KerbalEdu.
Features of the mod intend to make it easier for teachers to manipulate around specific lessons.
The mod will make the space rocket building sim more friendly for a classroom environment including an improved user interface to make it easier to gather data and summaries as well as pre-made lessons to focus on specific constructions. It will also allow for the game to be switched to the metric system.
KerbalEdu is being developed by TeacherGaming, the same team that worked on bringing Minecraft to the classroom with MinecraftEdu in 2012. No release date has been announced for the finished project
Collaborating with Kerbal Space Program developer Squad, until the mod is released teachers will be able to buy the un-modified Kerbal Space Program build for $17 as opposed to $27, or they can by 25 copies for $330. They will then receive the KerbalEdu mod for free after it is released.
Kerbal Space Program is still being developed and the alpha build is available through its own site or through Steam Early Access. The title has already proved to be a huge hit and is even a popular distraction for scientists at NASA.
At present, players can work on taking a crew into space, to land on 'Mün' and even to build an orbiting space station in separate modules. A wider campaign mode is still being developed for Kerbal Space Program and is planned for the full release.