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Tutorial Feedback: Elementary and Middle School Students

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I had about 8 elementary school students, who were KSP first-timers, run the first three KSP tutorials today.

Short story: With the instructions up in front of them, the students kept asking me what to do next, because they were lost.

Long story: The tutorial dialogs are way too verbose - or in the case of my students: TLDR.

WHAT TO DO should be highly visible, and easily distinguished from descriptive or ancillary text.

I found having to set the parachute parameters on the first rocket you build to be unnecessary and confusing; my students couldn't figure it out at all.

I experienced this with both middle school students in the Endeavour Space Academy last year, and elementary students today. 

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Excellent points, thanks for posting!  :)

Moving to Suggestions.

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Rocket science ain't simple. Even when it is simple like it is in KSP.

Tutorial text length and style is a fine balancing act, and very much like cooked carrots. But, unfortunately for some one word is too long to read.

Which isn't to say they don't need work.

For the you are describing though you may want to leave the tutorials completely. They are probably the right length for a game. For a teaching device... probably not the right tool. You may have to go with a cookbook set of lesson plans either with the sandbox or a hacked career save... with maybe a shortened parts list.

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If there was a way that could edit the tutorial section, or maybe add a new tutorial, that would be great. A mod that makes it more child friendly is what can help you. Yet i do not know if it has been made yet.

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