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Space Academy GX-1

Space Academy GX-1

Spring 2000 Software
Ages: 9 - 11 yrs.
Manufacturer: Edmark Corporation
Price: $29.95
Review:
Some edu-tainment software looks at subjects through the wrong end of the telescope. Not this out-of-this-world program that focuses on no less than the solar system and the forces of nature at work there. The premise is straightforward: You travel to a space station orbiting Earth to attend the Space Academy where four young, animated crew members guide and encourage you to investigate fascinating problem-solving missions, space experiments and the science behind it all. In the Planetary Data Simulator, you analyze data, pictures and charts to make decisions, for example, about safety equipment for rocket ships headed to various planets. Investigate phases of the moon, orbital science, what causes night and day, even lunar and solar eclipses in the EarthSunMoon Simulator where time-lapse controls progress graphics incrementally to demonstrate interactions between the Sun, Earth and Moon. In the Gravity Pilot Trainer, the most arcade-like of the program’s four modules, learn the how to launch spaceships into orbit around planets and moons to targeted locations. Created by teachers, tested by kids, Space Academy covers the astronomy required by national science standards and state norms in an entertaining and engaging way; our testers at the Maryland Science Center praised its content disguised as jet-propelled fun.
Don Oldenburg   ©2000 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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Edmark Corporation
800-362-2890
http://www.edmark.com

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