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Kerbal Space Program – Rocket Building Weekly Challenges – Ongoing

  • Ages:
    Gradeschooler, Teen





Come Explore the Wonders of Space, and the Joy of Rocket Science as you discuss Kerbal Space Program together with your friends! New learners are welcome anytime!


In this weekly class, we will challenge each other to exercise our creativity, research, and construction skills, while we learn together about the science behind how Rockets, Orbital Mechanics/Astrodynamics all work together. (Both inside the game, and in real life!)


1- Learners can share what they have been working on in KSP throughout the week.
2 – As a class, we will decide on a challenge to work on during the upcoming week between classes, and begin discussing possible ways to achieve it.
3 – We will then discuss challenges that may be faced in the game while working on this challenge.
4 – We will also discuss possible real-world applications for this challenge, some of the challenges that might be faced, and the science behind it all.

Each week’s challenge will be chosen by the learners together in class.
Challenges can be anything from landing on certain planets, building space stations, or creating a specific kind of rocket in your own way. Learners will have varying experiences with KSP so they can add or adjust their own personal mission to suit their abilities.

This class is a “meeting of the minds” discussion group, where just like real rocket scientists and their supporting teams, we meet often to plan out our next project/challenge and proactively plan, re-plan, troubleshoot, brainstorm, support, and collaborate.

If there is time left over at the end of class learners are welcome to start on their challenges.

About Kerbal Space Program (KSP):
KSP is a rocket simulation program used by rocket scientists and gamers alike. Not only is it loads of fun, but it teaches many things about rocketry & space that are hard to learn outside of a real-time simulation like this.

It started as just a video game, but parts of it were built by NASA & the ESA, and many very successful rocket & space professionals still play it, while designing and flying real rockets.

“In KSP, you must build space-worthy craft, capable of flying your crew out into space, without killing them. At your disposal is a collection of parts, which must be assembled to create a functional ship. Each part has its own function and will affect the way a ship flies (or doesn’t). So strap yourself in, and get ready to try some Rocket Science! The game has different game modes, you can play the Career Mode if you want to expand and manage your own Space Center, taking on missions and researching new technologies. Or you can play Sandbox mode if you’re only interested in flying and discovering the Kerbal universe without restrictions. There is even a mid point between these two, Science mode.”

Here are some examples of people who regularly play KSP:
-Elon Musk [Founder & Chief Engineer of SpaceX, Tesla, & more] -Claims it is his favorite game, by far.
-Tory Bruno [CEO of United Launch Alliance] -Regularly mentions it on Twitter, and sometimes shares pictures of his creations.
-Peter Beck [CEO & Chief Engineer of Rocket Lab] -Scott Kelly [NASA Astronaut who spent 520 days in space] -Used KSP to teach people about Orbital Mechanics.

(See below under “learner supply list” for where to purchase KSP)

Note: For some KSP classes I have my Women in Space classes and Current Events in Space Technology and Rocket Launches classes either right before or right after with 10-20 minute breaks in between so that learners can join with like-minded friends and fill their morning or afternoon with SPACE!
Here are some links to my other classes:

Rocket Booster Camp –
Women in Space –
Current Events in Space Technology & Rocket Launches –

I also offer these classes to 10-14 & 14-18 age groups as well as classes in Ham Radio, Finish Carpentry, Tools, Antarctic Exploration, Book Clubs, Lego Challenges, & more! Please see my Teacher Profile for more classes and follow me to be notified when more classes are posted!

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Provider Tom Bickmore


Carrying on the legacy of his brilliant grandfather, (who taught radio and radar courses at various US Navy training facilities when not overseas during WW2, as well as being a chief engineer for several commercial radio stations, with a 108 ft Ham Radio tower in his back yard) Tom has been a licensed Ham Radio operator for over a decade. Tom is an electronics whiz who has built his own functioning Ham Radio equipment and towers. Tom is excited to share his passion for Ham Radio with you through his knowledge and skills and prepare you to pass the ham radio test and obtain your very own ham radio license. (No age requirement for obtaining a ham radio license)

Tom is also a career finish carpenter with meticulous attention to detail who specializes in high-end finish carpentry. Tom has supervised full home builds from the ground up to completion. Lately, Tom's projects include building several escape rooms as well as restoring historic museums. If you would like to learn the tips and tricks of the trade, tune in to Tom's carpentry classes!

Some of Tom's greatest passions are Science and Space and he would love to share these with your learners through his Space Technology and Rocket Launch classes, his Kerbal Space Program Classes, and more!

Tom has extensive experience teaching, leading, and mentoring youth and is anxious to inspire the young people who attend his classes.

You will find Tom to be an engaging and intelligent teacher, armed with an abundance of dad jokes and witty comments.

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