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Publisher: Red Hill Studios /
Houghton Mifflin Interactive /
Ages: 10 & up
Experience the Thrill of Hands-on
Have you ever wondered what makes
an airplane fly or a car engine turn?
InvetorLabs invites you to enter the world of three great
inventors who gave wings - and wheels - to all mankind. Meet the Wright
brothers, and help them build their revolutionary flying machine. Visit the
turn-of-the-century workshop of Gottlieb Daimler, and explore his
ground-breaking, 1901 Mercedes automobile. Then tour George Stephenson's
cottage, where you'll reinvent the world's first practical locomotive. Science
springs to life in a fascinating, hands-on celebration of man in motion.
Explore their amazing workshops!
be transported to another world to wander through each workroom, to open
drawers, examine tools and explore real drawings, patents and notebooks. Meet
the extraordinary men who invented the future. Probe the innermost workings of
their remarkable vehicles. Then test your wits by conducting dozens of
experiments each with many unique outcomes.
Master the art of scientific
Like the great inventors, you'll learn from your failures as
much as your accomplishments. A User Workbook allows you to record your
progress as you master the art of scientific observation, experimentation and
analysis. You'll build modern-day skills as you solve the great engineering
puzzles of yesteryear.
Wilbur and Orville Wright
Inventors of the first powered airplane! Creative
tinkerers from an early age, the Wright brothers funded their passion for
flight by operating a bicycle shop. After conducting hundreds of experiments
with kites, gliders and wind tunnels, they went on to achieve the world's first
powered flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Operate the wind tunnel the Wright brothers used to
determine the best wing shape for their airplane. Test different wing spans and
curvatures, and discover the principles of aerodynamic design. Pilot the
world's first airplane from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina to the windswept shores
of Kill Devil Hills. Learn the function of airplane propellers, and experiment
with different pilot positions and rudders. Immerse yourself in the authentic
sights and sounds of the Wright brothers' turn-of-the-century workshop. Explore
the precision tools they used to build their amazing flying machines.
Inventor of the modern automobile! The founding
engineer of Daimler Motors, which became Mercedes-Benz after his death, studied
locomotives before turning his attention to motorcycles and automobiles.
Daimler's 4-stroke combustible engine revolutionized the automotive industry.
His 1901 Mercedes Simplex model featured the front wheel steering, carburetor
and radiator-cooled engine of a modern-day car. Learn how a four-stroke engine
works in 3D animation. Explore the innermost workings of the 1901 Mercedes
Simplex. Discover the function and operation of carburetors and spark plugs,
and experiment with different designs to improve engine performance. Explore
the fascinating history of the automobile in words and images, from ancient
Egyptian wheels to Leonardo Da Vinci's spring-driven horseless carriage and
Creator of the first practical locomotive! The son of
a poor British fireman, Stephenson was only ten years old when he started
working full-time in the local coal mines. There he rose to the level of chief
engineer before turning his attention to locomotive design. "The Rocket" was
the fastest steam engine of his day, stunning passers-by with its break-neck
speed of 29 mph.
View "The Rocket" from every angle and perspective. Examine
its operations close-up in animated detail. Investigate the relationship
between wheels, railbeds and motion through fascinating experiments that you
control. Witness a life in pictures, from Stephenson's early mining days and
authentic cottages to the momentous celebration marking the opening of the
nation's first railroad.
Invent Your Own Vehicle
Create Your Own Crazy Car,
Boat or Glider! Are you up to The Challenge? Here's your chance to design
the ultimate strategically sound vehicle. Choose an engine, battery and
chassis, then add extras such as wings, solar panels and more. Race your
creation in over a dozen challenging courses with photorealistic objects and
obstacles. But watch out - you'll need all your ingenuity to make it to the
finish line first!
Ready, Set, Explore! Navigate with ease throughout
the program. With the click of your mouse, you can explore the laboratories of
the world's greatest inventors of transportation devices.
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