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ZOOM InventorLabs:
Transportation
$9.95 (Win95/98/Me/XP/Mac) (Jewel Case) (INVLAB2DJ)

Publisher: Red Hill Studios / Houghton Mifflin Interactive / SelectSoft Publishing

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Ages: 10 & up

Experience the Thrill of Hands-on Discovery...

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!

You'll 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 inquiry!

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.

Gottlieb Daimler

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 beyond.

George Stephenson

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.

Requirements:

Windows: 90mhz Pentium, 2x CD-ROM drive, 16mb RAM, SVGA graphics card, Microsoft compatible sound card .

Macintosh: System 7.5 to 9.2 (Only), 68040 or higher or PowerPC, iMAC or G3 or higher, 16mb ram, 2x CD-ROM, 256-color display, Mouse.

 


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