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Dan Dixon

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Universe Sandbox is Now Free to Schools
« on: November 14, 2012, 06:14:06 PM »
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.

(This offer was previously supported by Steam for Schools, a program run by Valve.  Unfortunately, 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.  Below is the original forum post about this service.)

STEAM for SCHOOLS now includes free access to Universe Sandbox, interactive Astronomy software from software developer Giant Army. Using a powerful gravity simulator, you and your students can explore the galaxy and manipulate the universe with real physics, real data, real units, real science. There are over 70 simulations both real and fantastical, and built-in tutorials and step-by-step activities.
 
STEAM for SCHOOLS is free to any school anywhere in the world and also includes Valve's Portal 2 and the Puzzle Maker.

Schools can sign up and learn more here:
http://www.teachwithportals.com/
« Last Edit: April 11, 2014, 11:53:33 AM by Jar »

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Re: Universe Sandbox is Now Free to Schools
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2012, 08:54:14 PM »
Congrats.  Never heard of Steam for Schools until now.  Your software is a perfect fit.  I got Portal 2 for my kids just for the think factor.  It's one of the few types of games where you have to think outside the box and in a logical manner.  US2 certainly opens up more doors for creativity and I am sure it will get the wow factor in the classroom.

The Broadband requirement of this option creates a limit but it's a start.  Since there is talk of a linux version, perhaps bundling with One Laptop per Child project or something similar like Raspberry Pi could expand out more to the lower income countries.

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Re: Universe Sandbox is Now Free to Schools
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2012, 05:12:36 AM »
Wow, this is pretty cool :D

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Re: Universe Sandbox is Now Free to Schools
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2012, 05:55:46 AM »
This is awesome. I hope that schools really use this opportunity.

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Re: Universe Sandbox is Now Free to Schools
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2012, 06:02:23 AM »
Oh, I have interessed teachers
I will talk with them about that

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Re: Universe Sandbox is Now Free to Schools
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2012, 07:14:20 PM »
Dan is the best news since the creation of the US! I will make a wide divulgation here in Brazil. I believe this is a unique tool for Brazilian teachers that rarely have in hands an educational tool of such quality.

I greatly appreciate your initiative!

Thank you !



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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2012, 03:23:48 AM »
Dan is the best news since the creation of the US! I will make a wide divulgation here in Brazil. I believe this is a unique tool for Brazilian teachers that rarely have in hands an educational tool of such quality.

I greatly appreciate your initiative!

Thank you !



I can say the same thing.
Hey, you're Brazilian too? :D

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Re: Universe Sandbox is Now Free to Schools
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2012, 06:33:23 AM »
Sim Gabriel !   :D


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Re: Universe Sandbox is Now Free to Schools
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2012, 12:57:22 AM »
As a teacher, I love this program. I teach both physics and mathematics in in Utah, and use this as a lab in physics and extra credit for my math class. Thank you for making it so available to the academic community.

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Re: Universe Sandbox is Now Free to Schools
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2012, 06:16:17 PM »
Hello there, I'm a student from Worcester Polytechnical Institute and I would like to know how to sign WPI up to receive Universe Sandbox for free.

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Re: Universe Sandbox is Now Free to Schools
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2012, 12:05:09 AM »
Hello there, I'm a student from Worcester Polytechnical Institute and I would like to know how to sign WPI up to receive Universe Sandbox for free.

A teacher or representative of the school needs to sign up on the Steam for Schools website (at the top):
http://www.teachwithportals.com/

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Re: Universe Sandbox is Now Free to Schools
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2013, 01:06:23 PM »
Hi Dan/everyone,

I'm pretty excited that there's a free copy for schools and I have asked for it to be installed at school.

However, I am envisaging that "Steam for schools" will not work on my school's network (due to blocking by Council/ISP of the entire steam server subnet and local policies on PCs restricting application usage which will break steam updating assuming it works as the full Steam client does).

I personally have bought a few copies (am up to 4 now.... 2 x steam, one DRM free and one in April), so I can show it from my personal PC on the IWB, but it doesn't quite achieve the same thing as letting the pupils play God with planets.

I am therefore wondering if it is possible to get a license to use one of the none-steam versions on a school network?

Best wishes

Joe

( Cross-post from http://universesandbox.com/forum/index.php/topic,8843.0.html )

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Re: Universe Sandbox is Now Free to Schools
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2013, 03:41:36 PM »
Thanks for buying all those copies. :)

Officially, the only version that is free for schools is the Steam for Schools version. Unless your school's IT department is completely resistant, hopefully they'll see the advantage in making access possible in order to gain free software.

That said... if it will not work and they're unwilling to make the changes necessary, let me know.


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Re: Universe Sandbox is Now Free to Schools
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2013, 10:22:30 PM »
Sim Gabriel !   :D



Hi, I'm brazillian too :p

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Re: Universe Sandbox is Now Free to Schools
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2014, 05:59:17 PM »
how about home schooled kids

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Re: Universe Sandbox is Now Free to Schools
« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2014, 06:23:43 AM »
Too bad... Not going to school+no Ubox. What a shame. :'(