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Ms. Frizzle and her class set out on the Magic School Bus once again, this time to learn the mysteries of flight. In this activity center program, the user becomes a member of the class, and has the opportunity to click and explore her way inside and outside the bus.
Like the other programs in this series, including Animals, Bugs, The Earth, and Mars, Magic School Bus Explores Flight is an exploration and discovery program, with no linear path or storyline to follow. Instead, young users are encouraged to click and explore their way through the program.
Inside and outside the bus, young students will find videos (vultures landing, hang gliders, shuttle liftoffs), special reports on the four forces of flight (thrust, lift, drag, gravity), opportunities to design their own planes and simulate their flights, and an assortment of factoids on various aspects of flight.
In addition to these items of passing interest to most young children, are a number of games and puzzles, of the family-oriented arcade genre, rather than the first-person shooter games popular on console devices. Solve a jigsaw puzzle, and be rewarded with a flight fact; decorate a printable, foldable paper airplane; rescue passengers with a hot-air balloon, or put out forest fires from the air. Our young testers found these reasonably captivating, and worthy of more than a few return engagements.
Magic School Bus Explores Flight installed without difficulty in our Windows 98 and Windows ME test machines. Program navigation and usage is intutitive.
Magic School Bus Explores Flight provides a very rudimentary introduction to flight for young children. The characters, setting, and tunes are all familiar, and will be well received. The educational content is squarely aimed at the middle to low-end of the recommended age range.
PC: Windows 95/98/ME/2000, Pentium 166 or faster cpu, 15 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, SVGA 256 color display, 4X or faster CD-ROM, INSERT sound card, 16-bit sound card.return to top of page
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