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Generally in Africa, Space Science and Technology is considered a very difficult and esoteric field reserved for the “ultra intelligent”. Hence Space Science and Technology as an educational option continues to be seen as an option to be completely avoided. This trend could seriously hamper the progress and development of space technology in the continent with adverse long term effects.
Consequently this paper focuses on bolstering Space Science and Technology Education in the continent by the pragmatic fusion of exciting entertainment software with a highly focused educative curriculum content. Furthermore, there exists an avalanche of evidence to show that youths and young minds will naturally prefer to play a game or engage in an entertaining software rather than to read an academic textbook having the same content.
This paper further covers the development of an educational software – “Launch Director!” that is designed with the aim of serving as a compendium on rocketry curriculum for a wide range of users. The software is structured in three complementary phases with detailed rocketry tutorials and academic demonstrations skillfully embellished with entertaining games, interactive designs and quizzes. It also intelligently provides a phase which enhances the learning process. The user is put in a simulation environment with practical hands-on experience, requiring critical mission assumptions, decisions and calculations with instant response and feedback. This ultimately fuses the entire concept that has been learnt so far, with the simulated real life scenarios.