We developed a collaborative experience that captures physically relevant variables involved in the launching of a space rocket.

This project is solving the 3-2-1 LIFTOFF: Launch that Rocket! challenge.


Game Objective

The game aims to teach: - Team work and leadership - Practical application of mathematics and physics. - Analysis of competing resources - Realistic simulation of space rocket

Proposed Scenarios

  • Moon: Budget US $180,000,000. Time to launch: 24 months.
  • Mars: Budget US $260,000,000. Time to launch: 36 months.
  • Titan: Budget US $850,000,000. Time to launch: 60 months.

What must be done

A whole student class must choose the parameters involved in a rocket launch, in order to get to a specific destination. The variables are physically realistic, and they determine the success or failure rate on the subsequent steps of the game. In order to successfully complete the mission, students must determine what are the equations involved and solve them. Each group within the class has access to a different set of variables, so they have to discuss and agree in order to decide on the best combination of parameters.

The variables

  • Spacial center placement (City)
  • Amount of fuel
  • Amount of food
  • Members of the team
  • Training of team
  • Testing of space rocket


Two dynamic parameters of launch success rate in launch and travel success rate are always computed and shown while students decide the parameters. Once they submit their solution, a simulation randomly chooses the success of the mission conditioned on the probabilities, and shows what error has been produced, if any, during launch and/or travel.

Differentiating factors

The proposed solution is innovative in our eyes because of: - Use of technology to force collaboration among the students. - Use of simplified but realistic mathematical model for the rocket launching. - Application of conditional simulation based on provided parameter set. - Requirement of analysis of competing resources, as on any true engineering project.

Project Information

License: Academic Free License 3.0 (AFL-3.0)

Source Code/Project URL: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ijt5abvjmytk5ek/missiongameapps.zip?dl=0


Slides (in spanish) - https://www.dropbox.com/s/57cdrqbdgzifu18/Grupo14-MissionGameApp.pdf?dl=0


  • Sebastian Flores