Welcome to a nifty Web site filled with interactive simulations you can play and learn with! In order to use them, you need to have a Shockwave player. If you don’t have one, don’t worry! There is a button right on the site that will take you to the link you need to download it for free. You’ll find it on the right side of the page near the top. It reads “Get Macromedia Shockwave Player.”
There are ten activities to choose from, all with a different subject to teach you about. The activities are: Design and Test, Topographic Maps, Pheromone Trails, Eclipses, Seismic Waves, Ocean Waves, Solar System, Plant & Animal Cells, 4-Stroke Engine and Biomes.
I was the most curious about the 4-Stroke Engine, so I headed there first. When it loaded, I was faced with a working engine, as well as, a lot of other options. On the left side of the page, I found the menu for interacting with the simulation. I could choose between views of the engine, how many parts were working at one time, whether I saw the parts labeled and how fast the engine was accelerating.
At the top of the simulation I found, there was information for me to read about what I was seeing. I could also make the font larger or smaller with the A buttons above the text, as well as, scroll up and down with the scroll bar beside the text.
Underneath the view of the engine was another slider bar that let me control the start and stop of the engine simulator. Just to the right of that, I found two magnifying glasses that let me zoom in and out on the engine too!
Beneath the simulation, there was even more information about engines. It was really quite interesting to learn all about a 4-Stroke Engine. I was pleasantly surprised!
Now, I’m off to explore the other simulations. Are you ready to join me?!