Pierian Spring Software releases the first program in the CampOS Science series, Exploring Form and Function. CampOS Science provides a three-dimensional, interactive environment where students conduct scientific investigations, collect and manipulate data, and hone their critical thinking skills.
"CampOS Science allows students to control their own learning," says Judy Miller, teacher at Arleta School. "Each activity uses clear voice narration, amazing graphics, and challenging quests that totally engage students in scientific principles. The program makes science experiences accessible that might otherwise not be - and, it's fun!"
Varied instructional scenarios provide students with the opportunity to learn by doing. Students visit "stations", such as the Aquarium, the Nerve Express, Dig It, Genes and Traits, the Private Lives of Paramecia, and the Recycling Center. Each station can serve as a focal point for class discussions, cooperative learning, and individual study. At the Aquarium, for example, students control a fresh water ecosystem. They vary temperature, acidity, turbidity, and oxygen level and determine the effects of these changes on various plants and animals they have placed in the aquarium.
CampOS Science aligns with National Science Education Standards and integrates well with existing science curricula, complementing textbooks, laboratories, and field trips. CampOS Science is available on CD-ROM for the Macintosh for grades 4 and up.
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