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ConnnecTricity Power Park takes students to an abandoned amusement park where, with the help of a surly dinosaur, T-Bones, and a gentle hawk, Aurora, they work to develop power sources to get the park running again.
Kids visit six different power plants, where they solve puzzles that inform how each plant produces power. In addition to teaching the basics about such power sources as hydro-electric, nuclear, coal, solar, wind, and natural gas, the program looks at the advantages and disadvantages of each, including availability, cost, and environmental impact. It also encourages kids to consider long-term costs of the various forms of energy. For example, their impact on wildlife (Aurora lost her husband Horace because of the use of DDT), air quality, the natural beauty of the land, noise pollution etc.
Throughout the program, kids are challenged to make important decisions about energy conservation, and rewarded with an energy score and special tokens that can be cashed in at the arcade. Here kids play energy-themed arcade games.
Each power plant includes a basic puzzle which takes kids through the five main steps used to create that form of power. Kids place these steps in the appropriate order to power up the plant. Once this is accomplished, clicking on different items in the newly running power plant provides additional information about how the plant works.
Program navigation is fairly simple, however it is, at times, difficult to know exactly what is expected of the user. T-Bones and Aurora attempt to guide the user via special screens that pop up from time to time, but their help is cryptic and leaves users uncertain about how to proceed.
PC: Windows 3.1, Windows 95/98 and NT, 486/50 or faster cpu, 16 MB RAM, 640 x 480 resolution, 256 color mode (thousands of colors recommended), Double speed or faster CD-ROM, SoundBlaster (or compatible) audio card, QuickTime® 2.X (included on the CD).return to top of page
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