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Science Software -- The Big Picture

Electricity, biology, chemistry, physics. From basics to a college prep review course. SuperKids checked out the latest programs, and found a mix of good -- and not so good.

  • Tutorials in Science [ for ages 16 to adult] from MCH Multimedia. Introductory chemistry, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and general physics presented in a textbook and drill style. Best used to prepare for an SAT-II exam or to review topics for tests in a course.

  • Virtual Labs: Electricity [for ages 12 to 18] from Edmark, teaches students about electricity by presenting them with simulations of how pieces of electrical equipment work together. After learning the basics, users get to design models of circuits found in doorbells, holiday lights, and cars. Young users may require interested adult participation.

  • Future Lab: Circuits for Physical Science [for ages 9 to 18] from Simulations Plus, shows students how to build and understand electrical circuits on a computer before they work with actual components. Best suited for students who know a small amount about circuits, are self-motivated to explore circuits, or have access to guidance during this process.

  • Telling Our Stories: Women in Science [for ages 10 and up] from McLean Media, describes the backgrounds, interests, experiences and experiments of eight contemporary female scientists who work in fields ranging from superconductivity to animal communication. Program suggests, especially to a girl, that a career in science is interesting, comprehensible and exciting.

  • Kaplan: Biology & Chemistry Essential Review [for ages 14 to 18] from Encore Software, is reminiscent of early educational computer programs - lots of content, but little interactivity.

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)
Tutorials in Science
    MCH Multimedia
2.0 1.0 4.5 PC / Mac
Virtual Labs: Electricity
    Edmark
4.0 3.5 4.0 PC / Mac
Future Lab: Circuits for Physical Science
    Simulations Plus
4.5 3.0 4.0 PC / Mac
Telling Our Stories: Women in Science
    McLean Media
3.7 3.7 5.0 PC / Mac
Kaplan: Biology & Chemistry Essential Review
    Encore Software
2.5 2.0 4.0 PC / Mac
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