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Web Resource: NASA Simulation Launch Software

page-bannerLevel: Grades 6-10.

Kennedy Launch Academy Simulation System Software (KLASS)

Would your students like to serve as console engineers for a launch countdown? Now they can!

Based on the actual software currently used for training at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Control Center, the KLASS software enables a launch countdown simulation with a networked system of computers.

The supporting KLASS Curriculum is a series of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lesson plans with interactive resources that build to a simulated shuttle launch.

Lessons are designed for use with students, grades 6-10. There are multiple formats that allow for easy customization. Please go to the KLASS download center to browse the resources and download the files.

The software and curriculum materials are easily scaled up or down, from a one-day session to a one-year curriculum, and can be used with or without the KLASS software. The curriculum includes quizzes in a game show format and other multimedia. Created by teachers for teachers,  all the materials  support the National Science Education Standards, as well as the National Educational Technology Standards developed by the International Society for Technology in Education.

There are five console stations for student engineers: Main Engines, External Tank, BioMed, Weather and Environmental Control. While this is targeted for middle school students, it is easily scaled up to the high school level.

This software is an interactive, inquiry-based method for students to practice the materials they learn in the classroom. It also answers the age old question, “When will I ever use this stuff I’m learning in the classroom?”

The free KLASS software and background materials are available from the download center.

View a video about KLASS

For an introduction to some of the real engineers who work in Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Control Center, enter the Firing Room

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