Universe Sandbox ² is a space simulator that makes it possible to enter the Solar System and experience its principles. There are several tools that help the users to understand difficult concepts of basic astronomy in a practical way.
The use of Universe Sandbox ² will help learners in practicing and learning astronomy and physics.
TeacherGaming Desk offers lesson plans for using the game in classrooms.
The product was evaluated based on these plans.
The game offers detailed tutorials and plenty of imaginative examples to help the users get started.
The product offers a concrete way to get familiar with an abstract subject.
Universe Sandbox ² is a complex and varied simulation tool that is interesting from kids to adults.
The TeacherGaming Desk lesson materials let the students to focus on a few things so that the complexity of the game doesn’t overwhelm them.
The pedagogical analysis covers how the product supports learning of the identified skills. The student’s role is assessed by four contrary pair parameters, which are selected to cover the most essential aspects on the use of the product.
The following are the high educational quality aspects in this product.
The supported learning goals are identified by matching the product with several relevant curricula descriptions on this subject area. The soft skills are definitions of learning goals most relevant for the 21st century. They are formed by taking a reference from different definitions of 21st century skills and Finnish curriculum.