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Science Software - March and July 1998
The Big Picture

Science. Many of us wished we'd had more time in school for labs, experiments, and field trips. On the other hand, some of us might confess that we never really got it. Can software targeted at this subject meet the needs of today's students? SuperKids looked at a group of new titles this month, and once again found a wide variety of approaches, as well as specific topics.

Which is best for your child? Click on the titles to see SuperKids' complete reviews.

  • Virtual Physics Escape from Braindeath [for ages 11 to 15] from Cubic Science provides an engaging study of basic physics concepts: waves, light, electricity, mirrors and lenses, and magnetism.
  • Zap! [for ages 8 to 12] from Edmark, helps kids learn about and experiment with light, sound and electricity. Our kid testers felt that it significantly helped solidify concepts learned in school.
  • Connie & Bonnie's Birth Day Blast Off [for 6 to 10], from Active Arts, includes an enormous amount of interesting and useful information about our solar system. Some portions are clearly aimed at younger readers, while charts and other technical sections are best appreciated by an older child.
  • Microbe Zoo [for 11 to 15] from Peregrine Publishers, takes an in-depth look at the world of microbiology and microbial ecology. Best suited for the bio fanatic or as a teaching tool.
  • Thinkin' Science [for 6 to 8] from Edmark, focuses on simple concepts that tie science and its pursuit to the world around us. SuperKids' reviewers, young and old, enjoyed this program.
Can't find one that meets your needs? Check out other General Science programs we've reviewed.


SuperKids Ratings Ratings Key
Title
Publisher
Education
Value
Kid
Appeal
Ease
of Use
Buyers Guide
(Price Survey)
Virtual Physics Escape from Braindeath
    Cubic Science
4.8 4.3 4.0 PC / Mac
Zap!
    Edmark
4.6 4.2 4.8 PC / Mac
Connie & Bonnie's Birthday Blast Off
    Active Arts
4.8 4.0 4.8 PC / Mac
Microbe Zoo
    Peregrine Publishers
3.5 2.5 4.5 PC / Mac
Thinkin' Science
    Edmark
4.5 4.2 4.0 PC / Mac
Reviews of Other Science Programs


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