Magic School Bus Explores Inside the Earth, The
© 1996 Microsoft Corp.
Win 95, Win 3.1 (CD-ROM)
Teaches: Earth science, geology, erosion, scientific method
Ms. Frizzle and her class are back! This time, Arnold has lost four samples from his rock collection. To find the missing items, the magic bus takes off on another field trip where kids visit six geological zones: a canyon, an underwater volcano, a giant fault, a cavern, a land v...
Ms. Frizzle and her class are back! This time, Arnold has lost four samples from his rock collection. To find the missing items, the magic bus takes off on another field trip where kids visit six geological zones: a canyon, an underwater volcano, a giant fault, a cavern, a land volcano, and the inside of a crystal. In each geological zone, children can see slide shows and videos on the area, or can exit the bus to explore and collect rock samples. The analysis of the samples is the best part of the program. First, kids examine the samples at the Geo Table to see whether the substances are rock or mineral– igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary. Next, children perform a series of tests until the rocks are identified. Sometimes the analysis will turn up one of Arnold's missing rocks or minerals. Other times, children will have to take the samples to the Transformer or the Kitchen to get to the bottom of the mystery. In the Transformer, samples are converted back into original substances. The arrowhead we found was returned to obsidian, and our brick was transformed into shale. In the Kitchen, you can even make certain rocks and minerals by combining elements with heat. Once kids have found or created all four missing rocks, they can print out a special certificate. After locating all of the rocks, there's a new set to look for. Testers, ages eight to ten enjoyed the program and felt that they learned a lot about geology. This is a jam-packed CD with lots of strong content and activities. The program is tricky to get started with, but fun once underway.