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Telling Our Stories: Women in Science

McLean Media

Ages 10-14 and up

Rating Scale
5 = great,    1 = poor
Educational Value
Kid Appeal
Ease of Use

Women in Science Screen Shot System Requirements

PC / Mac Price Survey

Product Support

Telling Our Stories: Women in Science describes the backgrounds, interests, experiences and experiments of eight contemporary female scientists who work in fields ranging from superconductivity to animal communication. Children can read about these women’s training, sift through their collections of photographs, and try simple simulated experiments in each scientist’s respective field.

The program may be useful for a middle-school student required to write a biography of a scientist or may just be an interesting source of information for a child interested in reading about a life spent working in science. The photographs and biographies of the featured scientists make their fields sound practical and accessible. The program is easy to navigate – all users have to do is click back-and-forth between menus. The software also includes a database of information on one hundred and thirty other female scientists.

Educational Value
The program provides information about how each of the eight featured women scientists has trained for work in her discipline, the types of question each answers in her daily work, and each scientist’s most memorable experiences in settings that range from dolphin pools to mountain wilderness. For example, the section on Nai-Chang Yeh, a physicist at Cal Tech, includes information about her academic training in Taiwan, her family, and a tour of the physics lab in which she works. The section on Lauret Savoy, a geologist, includes an experiment on determining the age and origin of fossils found in various sediment layers. The experiments are fairly basic, the program does not provide detailed information about the content of the scientists’ work.

Kid Appeal
Children of a late-elementary and middle-school age will most likely find this software informative if they are interested in science and can read independently. Students writing biographies will find a vast range of information in this program. Ideally, each section would include more activities, experiments and information about the scientists’ actual research.

Teachers may find this software to be a worthwhile resource for students. They may consider keeping one copy of the software at-hand in a classroom for times when students are conducting research.

Ease of Use / Install
The program installs easily on a Macintosh. A user just has to insert the CD-ROM and click on the icon for Women in Science. Within the program, the interface is intuitive. To move through the program, a child can click on pictures and read simple instructions located on icons.

Best for... / Bottom-Line
Older elementary-school and middle-school students will most benefit from the information in this software program. The CD-ROM presents the works and lives of women scientists in ways that suggest to a child, especially a girl, that a career in science is interesting, comprehensible and exciting. To develop a real understanding of the work of these scientists, students will have to do more research – the software’s description of actual science concepts and experiments is superficial.

See SuperKids' comparisons with other science software titles, and the Buyers Guide for current market prices of the PC and Mac versions.

System Requirements
PC: Windows 3.1, 9X, or NT, VGA 256 color display QuickTime (included) .

Mac: 68030 or faster cpu, QuickTime (included) .

Reviewed on:

  • iMac with MacOS9.0.4 and 192 MB RAM
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