Showing posts with label Moonbase Alpha. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Moonbase Alpha. Show all posts

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Newt Gingrich and Your Next Science Lesson

Don't worry, this is not a political editorial. 

By now you've probably heard Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich's comments last week that by the end of his second term in office (provided he's elected and re-elected) there will be an American base on the moon. If you didn't hear Newt's comments last week, The Atlantic has a piece on it right now.

Newt Gingrich's comments and the aforementioned article in The Atlantic made me think about NASA's role-playing game Moonbase Alpha. Moonbase Alpha is an online game developed by NASA to be played on the Steam online gaming platform. Moonbase Alpha a simulation game in which players assume the role of an astronaut working to repair equipment in order to restore oxygen delivery to a settlement on the moon. The game can be played by up to six players at a time who communicate using voice over communication.

See the trailer for Moonbase Alpha in the video below.


Applications for Education
Put a classroom discussion of Newt Gingrich's comments together with Moonbase Alpha and you might have a nice little lesson covering both Civics and Space Science.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Navigate the Moon on Your iPad or iPhone

NASA's Lunar Electric Rover Simulator is a free iOS app that lets you explore the moon. The app is really a game in which players perform tasks to support the activities of a lunar outpost. Players transport items from place to place and along the way encounter lunar challenges to overcome. The app also includes an interactive gallery of images. You can download the app for free from iTunes.

Applications for Education
The Lunar Electric Rover Simulator app appears to be similar in purpose to NASA's role playing game Moonbase Alpha. Like Moonbase Alpha the game could be a good way for students to pick up some knowledge about lunar exploration while having fun playing a game.