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Fun with Science is a set of six multimedia CD-ROMs that explore many aspects of the world of science. Individually entitled: "Inventions to Mention", "Stories in the Sky", "Take Flight", That’s Earthshaking!", "That’s History", and "Get the Message", the CDs focus on Discovery, Space Exploration, Air Travel, Earth Sciences, The Past, and Communication respectively.
The disks resemble an "Eyewitness" book in their composition. Each contains an introduction to its subject, and a number of distinct sections that explore the material in a variety of ways and from different perspectives. "Inventions to Mention", for example, features a contraption or ‘mousetrap’ making activity, a quest or adventure section, a ‘how things work’ section, an interactive comic book section, and a section that looks into how our lives have been changed through the years by simple inventions. In addition, each disk includes a ‘Scrapbook’, which contains the program’s resource material in the form of detailed descriptions, helpful explanations, and interesting facts.
Although much of the actual information is presented in small text boxes that children must read themselves, certain words are highlighted, and, when clicked, provide a spoken definition. The program also contains diagrams, charts and certificates that can be personalized and printed.
Our testers’ only complaint about the program was the fact that it comes packaged in a large cardboard frame with six slots to hold the disks. Parents noted that this made it hard to store them with other software programs which are traditionally packaged in individual cardboard sleeves or CD jewel cases.
PC: Windows 3.1 or later, 486DX-33MHz or faster cpu, 1 MB hard drive space, 8 MB RAM, 256 colors/SVGA display, Double-speed or faster CD-ROM, Sound Blaster 8-bit compatible sound card.return to top of page
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