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Science & Nature Challenge

Science & Nature Challenge

Spring 2007 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: SmartLab
Price: $19.99
The challenge begins when a player chooses the one or two player game mode. The controller displays a blinking number that identifies one of the 1,000 questions in the book. The player finds the question in the book, determines the best answer, and pushes the lettered button on the controller corresponding to the selected answer from the book. If the correct answer was selected the controller makes a happy noise and displays a happy face. An incorrect answer results in a sad face, sad noise and the correct answer is given. Scores for each player are updated continuously on the display. Player(s) try to score as many points as possible in this fun, timed 10-minute game.

Multiple-choice questions are normally associated with taking a test and evaluating understanding of a subject. In this case, the questions are a teaching tool. No eight year old could be expected to know the answers to all these trivia questions about inventions, the history of technology, or scientists, or questions in the broad spectrum of science fields such as geology, meteorology, botany, or biology Instead they use their limited reasoning skills to come up with the best answer to the intriguing questions and they learn along the way.

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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