How do you get your kids interested in science, especially if you don't have fond memories of your own last chemistry class? Field trips and lab experiments were always fun, but they're a little hard to duplicate on a CD. Or so SuperKids' review teams thought, before working with this set of programs.
Four new titles are summarized here, in addition to three others SuperKids recently reviewed.
Impact: Ground Zero [for ages 10 and up] from All Around Us Interactive, provides an arsenal of information about comets and meteors presented through narrated text, video interviews, photos, reference materials and more. Those interested in extraterrestrial involvement in our universe will be fascinated by this program.
Starry Night Deluxe [for ages 6 to adult] from Sienna Software, is an excellent combination reference source, object locator, and educational tool. It allows anyone to view the sky in a user-friendly environment, question what they are observing, and delve further into those areas that they find interesting or useful.
Base Station Safari [for ages 11 to adult] from Morgan Media, invites the user aboard an ocean-going vessel for a trip into the open sea. Best for serious students of the ocean.
Studyworks! Science [for ages 14 and up] from MathSoft, is a homework and report helper, a tool that compliments high school and college science courses. It helps the user find the answers to science questions by providing them with the necessary scientific facts and formulas, guiding them through the mathematical equations, and even facilitating their search for outside help, when needed.
Star Wars Episode I The Gungan Frontier [for ages 9 and up] from Lucas Learning, invites kids to create and grow their own Star Wars ecosystem, learning first-hand the interconnections between plants, animals and their environment. Best for users with long concentration spans, and kids who like to build things.