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Universe Sandbox ²

Universe Sandbox ²

Universe Sandbox ²

Learning goals

What is Universe Sandbox ²?

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, with lesson plans available for use in classrooms.


Age Range5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-16, 17-18, 19+

Universe Sandbox ² Pricing

Pricing Plans

One-Off Fee

Universe Sandbox ² pricing starts from $29.99 / one-off

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Certified by Education Alliance Finland

EAF Evaluation is an academically-backed approach to evaluating the pedagogical design of a product. EAF evaluators assess the product using criteria that covers the most essential pedagogical aspects in the learning experience.
Universe Sandbox ² is an open tool for exploring the Solar System. It requires active participation from the user as it allows nearly limitless possibilities.
The user constructs new information while actively trying out new scenarios.
Tutorials set a good structure and a path for the user. This means that the users have a goal for the action they perform. The path is linear at the beginning when the user is not yet fully familiar with the game.
The product is mainly used individually.

Learning goals

Certified by Education Alliance Finland

The supported learning goals are identified by mapping the product against the selected reference curriculum and soft skills definitions most relevant for the 21st century.

  • Experiencing the causes and consequences of celestial collisions
  • Using technology as a part of explorative process
  • Using technology resources for problem solving
  • Knowing more about Pluto’s structure, its specificities as an unusual body
  • Practicing logical reasoning to understand and interpret information in different forms
  • Learning to recognise and evaluate arguments and their reasonings
  • Practicing to plan and execute studies, make observations and measurements
  • Practicing to look things from different perspectives
  • Encouraging to build new information and visions
  • Learning to build information on top of previously learned
  • Practicing to notice causal connections
  • Learning to plan and organize work processes
  • Understanding Newton’s gravitational explanation for elliptical orbits
  • Practising with the principal characteristics of the planets including relative size, mass, surface temperature, atmosphere, satellite and ring systems
  • Practising to scale and size of the Solar System
  • Learning about different bodies in our Solar System including planets, exoplanets and small solar system objects
  • Knowing the appearance of Solar System from different point of view
  • Practicing to set one's own learning goals
  • Practicing time management
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Last updated 29th September 2022