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Use your computer to journey back some 4.5 billion years, and prepare to blast away — you’re going to make a moon just like Earth’s. All you need to do is to register to play the award-winning “Selene” online video game from the Center for Educational Technologies, or CET. CET is the home of NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va.

In “Selene: A Lunar Construction Game,” you and your students learn about basic geological processes on Earth and in the solar system while helping educational researchers study how and when people learn through educational video games.

Funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation, “Selene” has won numerous awards, and research has shown that the game aids learning. But we need players. To register your students, email selene@cet.edu with your contact info and times when you would be available for a short 30-minute orientation.

New for the 2012-2013 school year is a Spanish-language version of the game. The game is open to ages 9 and up and can be played anytime, anyplace. To learn more about “Selene,” read testimonials about it or see how it aligns with national and state science standards. Visit the “Selene” website at http://selene.cet.edu.

Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With New Selene Video Game


Follow Your Curiosity! – Free Resources For the Mars Science Lab Mission

Be A Martian!

Be A Martian! is just one of the fun resources available from NASA for the new Mars rover mission!

The Mars Science Laboratory is NASA’s new Mars mission. The spacecraft will deliver the Curiosity rover to the Red Planet on August 5-6, 2012 and you’re invited to participate! NASA’s Jet p[ropulsion Lab has put together a web page full of games, apps, viewing details, and activities for students, teachers, and the general public.

Become a virtual Mars citizen! Watch the landing live on NASA TV! Land your own rover in a free Xbox game! And learn about all of the cool science that the Curiosity rover hopes to accomplish when it is safely on Mars!


Watch this video of the Seven Minutes of Terror during the Curiosity rover’s landing!

The Curiosity rover will join two other famous rovers on the face of Mars: Spirit and Opportunity.  Learn more about their continuing mission (note: Only the Opportunity rover is still functional as of 2012) at JPL’s website: http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/status.html

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Free NASA Xbox Kinect Game – Mars Rover Landing

Screenshot from the new NASA Kinect Game - Mars Rover Landing

Get this free Kinect game today! You control the landing. success or failure is in your hands!

NASA, in conjunction with the upcoming Mars Science Lab landing, has just released a FREE new game for XBox Kinect called Mars Rover Landing. In the new game, players will control each stage of the mission landing!

How hard is it to land on Mars? Test your skills! Your mission: guide NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity to its landing site safely and on target. Use your body to direct the craft and control thrusters as you descend. Gain avatar gear and achievements for a safe landing. The rover’s success depends on you! The Games on Demand version supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese. This game requires a Kinect™ Sensor.


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NASA – Station Spacewalk Game

NASA's Station Spacewalk Game

Play the NASA International Space Station Spacewalk Game!

Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut? Take a virtual spacewalk today and play on the ISS in this game offered free online from NASA.

Explore the International Space Station and try to perform some of the tasks assigned to astronauts working on the station. Complete missions to earn badges. It’s not as easy as you might think to navigate in space!

NASA – Station Spacewalk Game.


Angry Birds in Space – Download on March 22, 2012

Angry Birds Space

Download Angry Birds Space on March 22, 2012 or watch astronaut Don Pettit play a real life version of the game on the ISS!

For nearly three years, millions of gamers have used physics in the battle between birds and pigs in the video game Angry Birds. In cooperation with NASA, Finland-based Rovio Entertainment, creator of the Angry Birds franchise, announced its newest game, “Angry Birds Space,” on Thursday, March 8, 2012. NASA and Rovio are working together to teach people about physics and space exploration through the internationally successful puzzle game.

Game developers have incorporated concepts of human space exploration into the new game. From the weightlessness of space to the gravity wells of nearby planets, players use physics as they explore the various levels of the game set both on planets and in microgravity.

Aboard the International Space Station, Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASA created a video using Angry Birds Space to explain how physics works in space, including demonstrating trajectories in microgravity by catapulting an Angry Bird through the space station. The video was shown this week to an audience at the South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals, an annual convention of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies in Austin, Texas. It is also available on NASA’s website at http://www.nasa.gov.

For more information on microgravity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/microgravity.

For more information about the International Space Station, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station.

For more information about Angry Birds Space, visit http://www.angrybirds.com/space.

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Challenge to Innovate: Gaming Challenge – Deadline March 5, 2012

Do you have an idea for how interactive technology and game-based learning can improve teaching and learning? Enter your idea in the Challenge to Innovate, or C2i: Gaming Challenge.

Proposed ideas must effectively incorporate game-based learning. Registered participants can review, comment and vote on submitted ideas. At the end of the review period, up to 10 ideas will receive $1,000 cash awards from the National Education Association’s NEA Foundation.

Submissions must be received by March 5, 2012.

The C2i: Gaming Challenge can be found on the U.S. Department of Education’s Open Innovation Portal. Co-sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, this Portal has been developed as an online forum where key stakeholders in education can share their innovative ideas and collaborate to turn those ideas into a new reality. The Department of Education will play a role as convener of these diverse ideas and facilitator of partnerships.

For more information and to submit your ideas online, visit https://innovation.ed.gov/challenges/gaming/show

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Smart Skies Releases New Air Traffic Control Game – Sector 33

NASA’s Smart Skies team announces a new application available for iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch®. Sector 33 is an air traffic control mobile game designed to interest students in aeronautics-related careers and to connect mathematics and problem solving to the real world.

In Sector 33, the player role-plays as an air traffic controller and guides two to five airplanes through a sector of airspace by changing the planes’ routes and speeds. The challenge is to get the planes through the sector in the fastest time possible, with the player’s performance scored according to the planes’ final spacing. The game consists of four levels and is played in live mode without a pause feature.

The app is free and available for download from the App StoreSM. An Android™ version of the app is currently under development and will be made available in the Android Marketplace once it’s ready for release.

Sector 33 was developed as a companion piece to NASA’s Smart Skies LineUp With Math, an educational product used in formal middle school classrooms. LineUp With Math teaches students to solve distance-rate-time problems in the context of air traffic control. Problem solving, decision-making, and proportional reasoning are skills that students apply in LineUp With Math as they learn to solve distance-rate-time problems using both paper-and-pencil activities and a Web-based air traffic control simulator. The Sector 33 app serves as an extension to the LineUp With Math air traffic control simulator by taking on a game-like quality and giving players both a stronger role-playing experience and a greater problem-solving challenge.

To learn more about Sector 33, visit http://www.nasa.gov/Sector33.

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NASA’s New Interactive Space Communications Game

NASA has released an interactive, educational video game called NetworKing that depicts how the Space Communication and Navigation, or SCaN, network operates. The release of the video game coincided with the close of World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2011.

Developed by the Information Technology Office at NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., NetworKing gives players an insider’s perspective into how astronauts, mission controllers and scientists communicate during space missions.

To successfully construct fast and efficient communication networks, players first must establish command stations around the world and accept clients conducting space missions, such as satellites and space telescopes. Resources are earned throughout the game as players continue to acquire more clients. Players can use accumulated resources strategically to enhance and increase their networks’ capabilities.

Players with the most integrated communications networks will have the ability to acquire more complex clients, such as the International Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope and the Kepler mission.

NetworKing is available to the public for play on the NASA 3D Resources website. Players can access the game using an Internet browser. It can be downloaded and run on both a PC and Macintosh operating system. To play the NetworKing game, visit http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/3d_resources/scan.html.

In conjunction with NetworKing, the 3D Resources website also links visitors to the Station Spacewalk Interactive Game and the SCaN Interactive Demo that demonstrates the interaction between SCaN’s ground-and-space facilities and NASA spacecraft.

Declared by the United Nations General Assembly, World Space Week is an annual international celebration of science and technology commemorating the launch of Sputnik 1, the first human-made Earth satellite, and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty. The theme for World Space Week 2011 was “50 Years of Human Spaceflight.”

For more information about SCaN, visit https://www.spacecomm.nasa.gov/spacecomm/default.cfm.

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