Earth, Mrs, astronauts, and astronomy - great subjects for budding space scientists. Here, SuperKids reviewed four for future John Glenns and Sally Rides.
Magic School Bus Discovers Flight Activity Center [for ages 6 to 10] from Scholastic and Microsoft. Ms. Frizzle and her class set out on the Magic School Bus to learn the mysteries of flight. In this exploration and discovery series, young users are encouraged to click and explore their way through the program.
Astronomy [for ages 16 to adult] from Comptonís Learning, includes everything you ever wanted to know about the subject. It is filled, not only with facts and figures, but with maps, tours, interactive tutorials and movies as well.
Space Academy GX-1 [for ages 8 to 12] from Edmark, offers students ample opportunities for experimentation, interpretation and deduction. Its "virtual manipulatives" provide hands-on learning and illustrate important concepts in the study of space, astronomy and the solar system.
Arty the Part-Time Astronaut [for ages 7 to 12] from 3 Pounds Press, is a combined book/CD-ROM that offers a nice introduction to the solar system along with associated fun and games.
Gliders by Design [for ages 12 to adult] from Seeds Software, is a concise, instructive program that covers basic scientific principles of flight design. Model airplane designers and builders will love this program. Motivated teenagers can use it without adult supervision.