NASA Kennedy Launch Academy Simulation System (KLASS)

NASA Kennedy Launch Academy Simulation System (KLASS)
Developed and funded by NASA, the Kennedy Launch Academy Simulation System (KLASS) program is an exciting way to bring the space shuttle program into your classroom. If you are looking for creative ways to develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills with your learners, you are in the right place!

KLASS Program

The KLASS program has three, freely available, components:

  • Curriculum - Over 40 hours of lesson plans and interactive materials. You can pick and choose from these resources even if you do not run the software.
  • Assessment - The entire program has an assessment system that focuses on the three main roles that students can play in KLASS: biomedical, engine/external tank, and weather.
  • Software - Allows you to set-up and run a networked space shuttle simulation. This is a role-based model that ends with a space shuttle launch in the classroom!

The entire program and individual course materials are available at:


The KLASS Curriculum is a series of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lesson plans with supporting interactive resources that build to a simulated shuttle launch. The lessons are designed for use with students, grades 6-10. There are multiple formats that allow for easy customization.

3 - Inspire: Career Exploration Activities are designed to get students excited about space careers. (KLASS software not required.)
2 - Engage: NASA Orientation Activities are general activities to prepare "employees" for shuttle launch team roles. (KLASS software not required.)
1 - Educate: Job Training Activities will prepare students for their job roles and provide lessons on how to use the KLASS software.
L - Employ: KLASS Employment Activities is launch day! This is where students, employed as the shuttle crew, demonstrate their knowledge from previous activities.


Assessments were developed to measure student learning in the KLASS simulation. See the KLASS Assessment Suite for a downloadable assessment and information about setting up an online assessment.


The KLASS simulation has three components to provide visual feedback from the launch pad during the simulation -

  1. Teacher Master Console
  2. One or more Student Consoles
  3. Video Player

Note: A "LiveCD" version of the software is available which permits running the Teacher Console without having to install Linux and the KLASS Teacher Workstation software. See the User Guide for instructions on using the "LiveCD" with KLASS.

Content source: NASA Education Program