Microsoft and Scholastic have teamed up to produce some new educational software for kids based on the popular science series
The Magic School Bus. The two new activity centers focus on the mechanics of flight and on whales and dolphins.
Based on the popular book and television series, kids are guided to learn various science topics with Ms. Frizzle and her magic school bus. In The Magic School Bus Whales & Dolphins Activity Center, Ms. Frizzle’s bus turns into a submersible and journey to where whales and dolphins live. Kids will learn what whales, dolphins and other sea mammals eat, how they live, and other fun facts. Kids are quizzed by Petey the Porpoise on various underwater info, and much more.
The Magic School Bus Discovers Flight Activity Center is the next title coming from Microsoft and Scholastic. Kids learn the fundamentals behind the science of flight as they study propeller plans, kites, hot-air balloons, jets, and hang gliders. Kids get to fly planes and control hot air balloons, too, as they learn about the fundamental principles of gravity, drag and thrust. They’ll also be quizzed by Amelia Airhead about what they’ve learned, from birds to planes to spacecraft.
Scholastic and Microsoft also have a new Magic School Bus Volcanoes Activity Center due this August. The title teaches kids about volcanoes through interactive games and activities.
Scholastic’s Magic School Bus Discovers Flight and Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus Whales & Dolphins Activity Centers ship on hybrid CD-ROMs, compatible with both Macs and PCs, and are available now from retailers with an estimated retail price of US$19.95.