Title: The Magic School Bus Explores the Inside of the Earth
Overall Rating: A
Source: Microsoft Home
Playing Time: variable (can spend a few minutes or hours)
Date: 1994 - 1996
Cost: $ 29.99  http://www.ordermill.com/etoys/software/magic/
Number of Players: single player  (can be used by up to four)
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: Computer with  a CD ROM drive, audio board, operating system and drivers.
Subject Area: Earth Sciences    Grades 3 through 6
Objectives: To allow children the opportunity to explore the inside of the earth such as volcanoes, faults, underwater, geodes, caverns... To learn how such areas, zones and material effect the earth we live on and how the earth effects them in return.
Brief Description: This particular Magic School Bus CD invites curious children to learn about the many things which take place below the surface of the earth and cannot be seen by the naked eye (for the most part.)  The Magic School Bus literally takes its user to the sites it is concentrating on and teaches the child basic knowledge of whatever topic it is discussing at the time.
Entry Capabilities Required: A basic understanding that the earth is composed of different layers.  Moderate reading skills (about third grade level.)  Basic computer skills.

Rating: (1-5)

Strong Points: The strongest points of this CD is that it makes learning the inside of the earth fun for children of all ages.  Using the hands on approach, users can learn so much by experiencing what is taking place.  Even the "lecturing" on this game is interesting because it is as if the children are learning from each other and not a teacher.  Whether a child is a visual or an auditory learner, the Magic School Bus Explores the Inside of the Earth gives all types of students the opportunity to be educated in a manner which is factual, accurate and very effective.  This CD is highly recommended for science classrooms with children aged 6 to 12 years old.
Weak Points: The weakest point of this CD would have to be that there is too many subjects being covered.  From canyons, to geodes, to underwater volcanoes...  there is so much to do, one can spend an hour just deciding what to visit first.  Perhaps a narrowing of topics would have been necessary but at least it is well organized!
Reviewer: Julie Duchesne
Position: MST Student (elementary education)
Date: March 17, 1999.
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.