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Play and Learn: Science Experiments

by Avanquest Software
Windows 95 / 98 / NT / 2000
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
Price: 4.94 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over 10. Details
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  • Minimal adult supervision required
  • Child friendly and attractive interface
  • Covers key science curriculum topics
  • Full illustration and minimal text
  • Loads of games to keep children entertained
  • Packed with on-screen experiments to try in total safety
  • Shows that science can be fun

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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / NT / 2000
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00004UCN3
  • Release Date: 7 Jun 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 463 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Part of the Play & Learn mini-series, this disk is designed to encourage and entertain children aged 7 to 11. Set in a virtual lab of the future, it's packed full of fun activities and tests covering everything from gravity and liquids to air and motion. The program's special child friendly interface enables children to use it without adult supervision.

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant software for primary school child 15 May 2006
The designers of this software really seem to understand young children. This programme looks simple - it's easy to understand and use, so my son, who can read a little, can already play it by himself. For a child who can read well, it will be a doddle to navigate. The artwork is appealling, and it's easy to adjust the level of difficulty. The experiments are genuinely interesting too!

The experiments are of course the best part of this software. Each one starts with information in very simple form. You can play with the experimental "equipment" before trying the actual experiments. The experiments themselves are designed as multiple choice questions. You may be able to guess the answer or work it out in your head, but you can also try it out on the equipment. The questions are genuinely interesting, and are graded from easiest to most difficult. For instance, there is a magnet with a number of objects. The easiest question asks what will be picked up by the magnet. The most difficult asks whether it would be possible to pick up just two of the three metal objects, and offers some possible ways to do it.

The best thing of all about the experiments is that they teach the scientific method, rather than just a series of facts. Of course, the facts are there (e.g. a magnet picks up metal), but you get to them via scientific questioning and experiment. It is far more useful for small children to learn to pose questions and find answers than to squirrel away facts at this age, since they can apply this method to all kinds of problems. As an added bonus, it will also keep them absorbed for much longer!

The interface is a real pleasure to use.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so impressed 26 Jun 2008
I bought this software for my daughter who is very computer literate for her age. She happily worked her way through all of the Jump Ahead Year 1 series from Focus Multimedia Ltd and thoroughly enjoyed them. More importantly, she clearly learned a lot too.

Perhaps it was because I was expecting the same level of engagement and explanation from Play and Learn: Science Experiments that I felt a little disappointed. The experiments simply aren't that engaging. Sure, they look good, but they don't actually explain very much.

Worse, they are often fiddly where one small mistake forces the child to start again from scratch, e.g. the very small drop area when positioning the cars on the first experiment: If you miss, the car falls off the bottom of the screen (rather than go back to its starting position) and the child is forced to press the reset button and start all over again. This and similar behaviour was so frustrating for my daughter that she lost interest rather more quickly than I had hoped.

The experiments were clearly designed to demonstrate some phenomena, which those of a scientific persuasion good easily spot. However, no explanation of the behaviour observed by the child was given. Again, using the first experiment as an example, the higher the ramp, the faster the car moved. This could have been used to introduce gravity, energy (potential converting to kinetic), momentum, etc etc, but sadly, all my child learned was that with the ramp on position '3', the car got to the third flag.

As another example, the question about how to pick up just the small metal objects and not the screwdriver is answered by 'move the magnet past them quickly'. But why?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good for the money - real scientific approach 13 Dec 2008
I agree with the positive reviewer. My just 6yo can navigate and do most of these experiments. It's true that, if you make a mistake, you might have to start the experiment again... but I loved that: that's real life. I struggled for 5 minutes before I realized I had to pick up a piece of lab equipment in the right way. Absolutely - I'll be more careful next time! It isn't as 'big' a program as, say, Science Explorer, but I think the price reflects that.

As a homeschooler, this is the lab I don't have. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well received game 21 Aug 2011
By Mr Mair
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My son (7 years old) really enjoyed playing with this game, though for the experiments I sometimes needed to sit down with him to read through the text.

The only downside is that as it does not install on the hard drive, the computer has to read from the CD, this causes occasional delays in response from the software.
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