Title: Kinetics Lab
Overall Rating: A
Source: Edmark at http://www.riverdeep.net/edmark/
Playing Time: 10 minutes and up
Software Release Date:
Cost: This product is included in Thinkin’Things® Galactic Brain Benders® and can be purchased for $9.99 at Broderbund for Macintosh and Windows versions.
Operating System: Mac System 7.5 or higher/Windows 3.1 or higher.
Number of Players: 1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: None
Subject Area: Science--Fourth Grade and Up
Objectives: Explicitly Stated at Information Website as follows: (1)Foster observation and visual analysis (2)Form hypotheses (3)Experiment with tools and predict results (4)Explore basic principles of physics including gravity, friction, motion, and inertia (5)Enhance visual creativity
Brief Description: Kinetics Lab is a virtual representation of motion using a series of balls with different masses. Players can modify surface texture, depth, gravity as well as add ramps, oil, and holes to the surface. Once these are added players are able to control the variously massed balls to see how these enhancements effect the way the balls move.
Entry Capabilities Required: Ability to use a mouse to manipulate on screen objects. Basic understanding of physical science concepts.

Rating: (1-5)

Strong Points: This game is graphically appealing and very addictive if you have a strong interest for science. The built in tutorial and explicit objectives are also big plusses. Overall the game is very easy to use.
Weak Points: The objectives are not linked to any standards of any kind.
Reviewer: Justin Johnson
Position: Graduate Student/Substitute Teacher
Date Reviewed: 1/14/04
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh G4 450, 512mb ram.