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Theresa C. Martinez
Education Technology Project Manager
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Kennedy Launch Academy Simulation System Software
Shuttle launch as seen from inside the Firing Room in the Launch Control Center Bring a launch countdown into your classroom! 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, this software enables a launch countdown simulation with a networked system of computers. Materials are created by teachers for teachers and aligned with national education standards. There are five console stations for your 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 your 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?"

› View video about KLASS

The software is free and is now available by download or CD. The software and curriculum materials are easily scaled up or down, from a one-day session to a one-year curriculum. Curriculum materials are available for download right now for your classroom and can be used with or without the KLASS software. The curriculum includes quizzes in a game show format and other multimedia. All materials are created to support the National Science Education Standards, as well as the National Educational Technology Standards developed by the International Society for Technology in Education.

How to Obtain KLASS Software
The free KLASS software and background materials are available from the › download center  →.

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