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A few weeks ago, while on the Facebook page, Kerbal Space Program, someone asked about the various educational levels of those on the page. Taking a page from Endermens' book, I decided to start this thread. How many times have you seen someone's user name, a ship they've designed, or even a comment they've made and wondered what their degree is in? Well, wonder no more (for those who choose to participate)! Have you earned your college degree? Do you hold a trade school certificate or other vocational training certification? Are you a starving undergraduate or graduate student and plan to someday graduate? Did life smack you between the eyes and you had to leave college for a job - we've got a category for that! If you are planning to go to college, I even have a category for that as well... Include your degree, the college, the city the college is in, and your major/proposed major. If you have more than one degree, please share! With that said, here's the list (as it develops) Young and aspiring dreamers: [This category is for those who are not yet in high school but share their dreams with us. As hard as it may be for many of us who've done a few orbits more than the younger crowd, let's resist the temptation to dash their dreams and ambitions, and instead encourage them to fulfill their potential.] Astrofox Already has his private pilot certificate. Aspires to be an aerospace engineer and within the mission planning component of a space program. Bev7787 Bubbadevlin High school STEM student cubinator Aspires to become an astronaut, aerospace engineer, musical engineer, musician, and entomologist. DarkOwl57 Middle school/junior high school STEM student Findthepin1 JK_Kerbineer: Aspires to be aerospace engineer. Once out of school, wants to work for Virgin Galactic, Lockheed-Martin, and eventually either SpaceX or NASA. MegaUZI: Aspires to be employed in the aerospace industry NSEP: Aspires to be a science fiction writer, and an aerospace engineer. His ultimate goal is to either start his own space program or go to space as a tourist. ProtoJeb21: Aspires to attend MIT. PTGFlyer Wants to be a naval aviator and then work at Lockheed Martin within the Skunk Works Division. Rath Razor235 Already has his private pilot certificate. Toss between nuclear engineering and aviation/aerospace. SaturnianBlue High school STEM student Sayeret_1711: Aspires to become either a fighter pilot or in the special forces in his home nation. Also desires to earn a BA, MA, and PhD in aerospace engineering. Skylon: Aspires to become an aerospace engineer or other engineering field. Souper Ultimate Steve Yukon0009 Those planning to enter a trade school, college or university: Butterbar: planning to become a Marine Corps officer with either a major in Political Science, Astronomy, or Systems Engineering CliftonM: major in computer science CommanderSpock Propulsion engineering DarthVader DeltaDizzy: planning to study computer science. Earthlinger: wants to study aerospace engineering or nuclear physics and aspires to become a writer. eloquentJane: planning to major in physics, then do a doctorate which will probably specialize in the dynamics of interplanetary travel. fire219: Possibly seeking a degree in computer engineering, Georgia Tech or University of Alabama qzgy: currently a high school student. Planning at working on a degree (possibly) in chemistry.. Would like to become a certified pilot at some point in life. kenbobo: Duke University, Business and Computer Sciences and Astrophysics [Recently selected to participate in the 7th Grade Talent Search, Duke Univ.] Layereddiagram: Planning to major in chemistry or a natural science Mad Rocket Scientist: California Polytechnic State University NeatCrown RoadRunnerAerospace: aspires to get a pilot's license, then go into aerospace engineering or astronomy. Tex (Formerly Maximus97): Majoring in theater with a possible of a minor in mechanics. TheKosanianMethod: planing to go to college and/or join the Marines, Air Force, or teach history? (Take it from someone that does this for a living - DON'T!) V7 Aerospace: wants to become part of the RAF, hoping to become a pilot, or engineer (both will require a college/university degree). Already is a certified glider pilot. Those who would like to eventually earn a degree degree or trade certificate: flymetothemun: Currently pursuing vocational training as a semi truck (tractor trailer for the rest of the world) driver/operator or welder... r4pt0r: Would like to earn a B.A. in History focus Ancient History (Greece and Rome) at some point in the future. Those are currently enrolled and attending a trade school, college or university: _Augustus_: In college, more information to come later. CaptainKorhonen: Has been accepted and will be attending Aalto University in Espoo, Finland in pursuit of a B.Sc. in electronics and electrical engineering CornHuskerKenny: Attending the University of Nebraska in Lincoln Nebraska with a major of electrical engineering. Wants to work in the aerospace industry in the future (emphasis on space). Taking flying lessons and is a member of the UNL's rocketry team. Dman979: Completed an Internship with CoreAVI, Avionics software and graphics drivers. 2016. Attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. Gaarst: Attending University of Glasgow in pursuit of a B.S. in Theoretical Physics; plans to pursue Ph.D. How2FoldSoup: Attending _________ in pursuit B.S. in Applied Physics and in Mathematics; plans to pursue Ph.D. IncongruousGoat: Currently attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in pursuit of a B.S. in computer science. Wants to work in the aerospace/space industry. parameciumkid: Currently pursuing a degree in video game design. Rath: Attending Canadian International School of Hong Kong in pursuit of a B.S. in aerospace engineering [NOTE: A rocket scientist in the making!] Riven: 3rd year at San José State studying aerospace engineering. Robotengineer: Concurrently enrolled in high school and university. The current plan is to study space propulsion or space systems in graduate school. Sampa: Attending San Joaquin Valley College: Aviation Campus in pursuit of A.A/A.S. and certification in air frame and power plant licensing program. Shikashi: Recently accepted into Höhere Technische Lehranstalt (a technical information technology college) in Perg, Austria. SupperRobin6394: Currently studying application development at the "ROC Flevoland" in the Netherlands. Tavalar: Pursuing an education in information science technology somewhere in Pennsylvania. Technical school certifications include welding, certified heavy equipment operator, certified carpenter, certified residential/industrial electrician, certified automotive care technician. On-the-job training in computer repair, guitar teacher, concrete pre-caster, and television repair technician. Thunder_86: Currently attending Collège de Rosemont (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) Those who had life happen to them during a trade school, college or university: This category is for those people, that for whatever reason, life threw a curve ball and forced a difficult choice to be made. A life happened moment can happen to anyone and at any time, regardless of educational level, plans, dreams, and aspirations. In spite of what life threw out them, these folks represent professionals, maybe trained in a trade or skill, and are content with who they have become. 5thHorseman Astronut: [Note: certified as a pilot!] Azimech Beowolf: [Note: certified as a pilot!] Boomerang Captain Sierra Exploro: [Note: certified as a pilot!] Frozen_Heart LordFerret regex StrandedonEarth Wallygator The self-taught or on-the-job sage: This category is for those people, that for whatever reason, didn't go to college. Instead, they became master of new skills because of a passion for developing that skill or because of the demands of work have made them experts in their field. For whatever the reason, their expertise has rivaled those of the formally trained student of education. Kergarin: Android App programmer, game programmer Maxxq: Currently makes make jewelry for a studio/store in South Carolina. Built and flew model rockets for a while. Life happened while attending The Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio Self-taught as far as science, engineering, and aerospace Those who have graduated a trade school, college or university: AlphaAsh: BSc (Honors) in Computer Science, many years ago [currently pursuing a B.Ed. ] Asharad: B.S., University of Alabama, 1995, Electrical Engineering colmo: BSc, Queen's University Belfast (mid 90's), Genetics MSc, University of Ulster (mid 00's), Bioinformatics Currently in L3 of an Open University degree focused on astronomy and planetary science Planning tp pursue a PhD in exoplanetary astrobiology or related field ComatoseJedi: A.Sc. in computer information systems, (somewhere in Georgia, U.S.A.), 2000. Cydonian Monk: BSCpE, Computer Engineering, West Virginia University, 2003 Creature: B.Sc. (Technology) in biotechnology (molecular biotechnology and diagnostics), University of Turku, Finland. 2013 M.Sc (Tech) in Biotechnology (minoring in process engineering), University of Turku, Finland. 2016 Life happened while pursuing a degree in physics. Deutherius: Bc. in IT, Technical University of Liberec (Czech Republic, Europe), 2014. M.Sc. at Technical University of Liberec (Czech Republic, Europe), 2016 [Pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science (focused on signal processing)] EdFred: Associates of Science, ________, No date Life happened while attending the University of Michigan and pursuing a degree in architecture. Life happened while attending Grand Valley State University pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Certified as a flight instructor and is a commercially rated instrument pilot with seaplane and multi-engine ratings. [Note: a REAL pilot!] Fengist: Semi (tractor/trailer) operator (In many states, a CDL to become a tractor/trailer operator requires some sort of formal semi driving school). Freshmeat: M.Sc. in History of Science, double minor in physics and philosophy, Aarhus University of Denmark, 2011. GDJ: Certificate, Recording Arts Musical Production (Columbia Academy, 1991) Certificate, Powersound Recording Studio Certification Training, Red Seal Heavy Duty Mechanics Certification Training, Gardner Denver Pump Repair [Currently pursuing a certification in Home Inspections] Inverurie Jones: MA (Hons) in English Literature at the University of Aberdeen, (year unknown) Served consecutively in Royal Corps of Signals, Royal Navy and Her Majesty's Coastguard Licensed pilot [Note: a REAL pilot!] Ionstorm: Intern: University of Houston: Houston, TX, USA (Biochemistry), 1987 A.B.: Occidental College: Los Angeles, CA, USA (Biochemistry), 1991 Fellow: NASA Specialized Center for Research and Training in Exobiology: San Diego, CA, USA, 1992-1996 Ph.D.: University of California, San Diego: San Diego, CA, USA (Biochemistry), 1997 Post-doctoral: SETI Institute/NASA Ames: Mountain View, CA, USA (Astrophysics, astrobiology), 2002 [Note: a REAL astrochemist and astrobiologist!] JedTech: B.S. (Deans List) - Aviation: Professional Pilot - Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, 2013 [Note: a REAL pilot!] JetJaguar: B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1996 [Note: a REAL rocket scientist!] JebKerboom: Ph.D./M.D., Univerzita Karlova in Prague, Czech Republic. 2012 Considering a degree in mechatronics Johnny Wishbone: B.S. Computer Science, Michigan State University, 1998. Jonfliesgoats: Has degrees in something... will discover what it is...eventually. KerikBalm: B.S., Biotechnology with a math minor. University of California -Davis. 2007 M.S., MSc Molecular Biology, University of Zurich. 2011 Ph.D., Cell biology, Université de Genève. 2016 Korvath85: Associates of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Fire Science, Community College of the Air Force, the U.S. Air Force's built-in, accredited college, 2008 Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science, Dakota State University, 2014 lynwoodm: Microcomputer Specialist and Machine Language Programming, unnamed trade school, 1995 AS, Computer Information Systems with a minor in Networking, 2000 magico13: B.S. (honors) Physics with minors chemistry and mathematics in physics from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio) in 2014. [Currently pursuing a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.] [Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.] MaxwellsDemon: BA in Business Administration Life happened while pursuing an MBA. monstah: BSc in Mathematics by University of Brasilia (BR), 2007. Life happened while pursuing M.Sc. at University of Brasilia (BR) NightOwl07: B.Sc (Hon) from the University of Toronto in pathology (2013) [Currently pursuing a M.D. at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario)] Nightside: B.A. in English Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz (no date) [Currently pursuing a B.S. in Civil Engineering at Portland (Oregon) State University] OhioBob: Bachelor of Science; Civil Engineering; University of Cincinnati; Cincinnati, Ohio; 1981 PanzarAce: Bachelor of Arts in History, University of California, Merced , 2009. peadar1987: BEng. in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Dublin (2009) MSc. in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh (2010) MEng. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow (2013) [Currently pursuing a Ph.D.in mechanical engineering at the University of Glasgow ("Organic Rankine Cycles using Zeotropic Working Fluids")] Plusck: LL.B. (law) with a minor in German, University of Glasgow (Year Withheld) LL.M. (law), University of Paris (Year Withheld) Life happened while pursuing LL.D. at University of Paris plotz: B.A. Eastern Asian Economics, Management & Politics - University of Bochum, Germany and Tongji University, Shanghai, China ; 2009 MSc Management and Economics - University of Bochum, Germany ; 2011 Plume-Akakak: B.A. in Plastic Arts, University of Strasbourg, Department of Visual Arts, Strasbourg, France (1998) M.A. in Plastic Arts, University of Strasbourg, Department of Visual Arts, Strasbourg, France (2002). Research field : pornography studies M.F.A., Superior School of Fine Arts, Strasbourg, France (2005). Focus : Art (video). PnDB: BS Physics, BS Mathematics, BS "Mathematics and Computer Science" (they didn't have a full CS degree), Hampden-Sydney College, 1993 MS Applied Physics / Optics, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1996 [Currently pursuing a MS degree in Data Analytics from George Mason University] razark: B.A., Miskatonic University (Arkham, MA), Ancient Literature (It was reported that this was a scam - Yeah, I was "punked"!) B.S. Computer Science from University of Texas at Tyler, 2005 Reddy: M.Sc.Eng. in Mechatronics, Wrocław University of Technology, 2016 RizzoTheRat: BEng Aeronautical engineering, Loughborough University (UK), "a few years ago" S4qFBxKFFg: BSc in Engineering (Ord), Aeronautical Engineering, University of Glasgow, 2004 BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering, University of Glasgow, 2004 Licensed as private pilot. [Note: a REAL pilot!] Shynug: B.Sc.in Computer Science, Binus University, Jakarta (Indonesia), 2016 Starman4308: Bachelor's of Science in Biology, _________ University, 2013 [Currently pursuing Ph.D. in Biochemistry at ______________] sumghai: B.E. (honors) Mechatronics Engineering from The University of Auckland, New Zealand Tada: --- (left intentionally blank for Bachelor's degree information. M.S.L. (Master's degree in Law) TheSaint: A.S. in Nuclear Engineering Technology, Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, New Jersey (on-line), 1993 B.S. in Information Technology, University of Phoenix (on-line), 2005 Thunder_86: CEGEP (French equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree), Programming Analysist, Collège de Rosemont (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 2007 UnusualAttitide: French equivalent of a Masters (M.Sc? M.Eng?) in Applied Geosciences and Environmental Science, Toulouse III Paul Sabatier University, 2002 Van Disaster: Life happened while pursuing a BEng in Mechanical Engineering BSc Comp. Sci from a university in London (199X) placeholder... adsii1970: Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (IL), 2013, U.S. History/U.S. Foreign Policy M.A., Murray State University, Murray (KY), 2004, U.S. History to 1865 focus: Foreign Policy M.Ed. Northwestern State University (LA), 1999, Information and Technology Systems B.A., Northwestern State University (LA), 1996, History focus: Ancient History Life happened while pursuing a B.A. in music theory and composition, University of Southern Mississippi, 1988
I'm doing a project for school about the educational merits of KSP, and I was wondering: how do players usually expand their knowledge and expertise, and which missions do people usually do in sequence? I've already gone through this process, but I honestly don't remember what I did to get into actually playing the game instead of fooling around... Plus, I'm trying to link KSP player expansion to IRL rocket science history.
Using the science instruments tells the player things like it's cold here or that it's dusty here; after seeing a few of these most players would just click it away as irrelevant. I feel that this is a wasted opportunity because KSP is a very educational game and these feedbacks the game gives to the player would be a great place to sneak in some real information. What I would do, if it was up to me, is that I would ask relevant organisations if they'd like to grab this opportunity to educate people of our solar system. Of course the KSP solar system isn't just like ours and some of the science instruments are ...interesting, but I'd say, close enough. Nasa has been involved with KSP before, and there are others if they're not interested, such as the Planetary society, in addition to the obvious ones. This seems like a rather obvious idea but I couldn't find any earlier threads about similar ideas.. is it an already discussed suggestion?
Does is any cartoon, book or media that turn you interest in science. In my case it was "Poysłowy Dobromir" http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Animation/PomyslowyDobromir It's old cartoon from communist Poland, about inquisitive boy who inventing various things, see for yourself, it not used spoken language so anybody can understand it