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Science Software -- The Big Picture

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.

  • Magic School Bus Lands on Mars [for ages 6 to 10] from Scholastic and Microsoft, is an exploration and discovery program for young children.

  • 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.

Can't find one that meet your needs? Check out other Science programs SuperKids has reviewed.


SuperKids Ratings Ratings Key
Title
Publisher
Education
Value
Kid
Appeal
Ease
of Use
Buyers Guide
(Price Survey)
Magic School Bus Discovers Flight Activity Center
    Microsoft / Scholastic
4.0 4.0 5.0 PC / Mac
Astronomy
    Compton's Learning
5.0 4.2 4.0 PC / Mac
Magic School Bus Lands on Mars
    Scholastic/Microsoft
4.5 4.5 5.0 PC / Mac
Space Academy GX-1
    Edmark
5.0 4.0 4.8 PC / Mac
Arty the Part-Time Astronaut
    3 Pounds Press
4.3 4.0 5.0 PC / Mac
Gliders by Design
    Seeds Software
4.5 2.0 3.0 PC / Mac
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