It’s not surprising that the same company that is offering minecraft.edu is doing the same thing for Kerbal. At least in my household they appeal to the same “customer”. If you haven’t tried Kerbal I suggest looking around YouTube. Part of the crazy fun is seeing rockets blow up.
The edu version looks like it might solve one of the main hurdles for students that aren’t willing or who don’t have the time to persevere in creating a viable rocket during the design phase. Getting up into space is difficult so the edu version has some built in help that the regular Kerbal does not.
I’d love to hear from Idaho schools that try Kerbal or who have been using MineCraft.