Education

Universe Sandbox is Now Free to Schools

Update on Universe Sandbox for Schools, 2016

We are phasing out our support for educational use of the original Universe Sandbox.

The latest version is Universe Sandbox ², which is being distributed by Teacher Gaming at a discount to schools and other educational institutions.

For more information, check out the Teacher Gaming Store.

 

Update on Universe Sandbox for Schools, 2014

We are offering Universe Sandbox free to all those who wish to use it in their classrooms.  If you are interested in using Universe Sandbox for educational purposes, please complete this Google Form: Universe Sandbox for Schools.

We will contact you shortly with further information about receiving a free copy for your school.

Please note: This offer is for the original Universe Sandbox, which is available only for PC. We have recently released the alpha version of Universe Sandbox ² for PC, Mac, and Linux: universesandbox.com. We are not currently offering any educational discounts for Universe Sandbox ².

 

(We continue to offer Universe Sandbox free to schools. This was previously supported by Steam for Schools, a program run by Valve.  They  are no longer running this service. While the website is still up and running, they are no longer accepting applications, so do not contact either Valve or Steam about receiving Universe Sandbox for your school. Instead, please fill out our form. Below is the original blog post about Valve’s service.)

Universe Sandbox is now part of Steam for Schools, a service from Valve.

Steam for Schools is  free to any school anywhere in the world and also includes Valve’s Portal 2.

Schools can sign up for this free program and learn more from their website:
http://www.teachwithportals.com/

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NASA Releases Free Video Game

NASA has just released a free multiplayer video game called Moonbase Alpha.

You play as an astronaut on the moon repairing damage to your base after an asteroid hits nearby. Moonbase Alpha showcases a small piece of a more comprehensive multiplayer astronaut game that’s in the works called Astronaut: Moon, Mars and Beyond.

What do you think of the game? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Download for free via Steam

Learn more about Moonbase Alpah on the official NASA website

Astronaut: Moon, Mars and Beyond

Learning How To Make Software

My first experiences in computer programming were in QBasic, a simple DOS based version of BASIC. Qbasic has evolved into VB.NET and it’s sister C# and the development software Visual Studio. While an amazing tool set it just isn’t as simple as it once was. It would likely have overwhelmed me as a 7th grader.

Check out Microsoft’s Small Basic. It makes learning to program simple again, it has a built in turtle (for those that remember LOGO), and it’s free.