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Grades 2-5; Win/Mac
Museum of Science, Boston, Best Software for Kids 2004
Badger Trails is based on the true story of how a hide was built outside a badger sett to observe and film badgers. At the end of the story one of the badgers is inadvertently transported miles away from its familiar territory when it is accidentally trapped inside a horsebox. The introductory talking story concludes with a lost, hungry and frightened badger. This is where the second part of Badger Trails begins.
The simulation involves children in the badger's struggle as it tries to find its way home. Using animation and the graphic capabilities of the computer, pupil can 'see', 'hear', 'smell', 'feel' and 'taste' what the badger does, and must guide it back to its’ sett using the compass and map provided. Along the way, there are many dangers and obstacles to overcome where children will lose a life if they are not careful and will score points for their successes. Children have access to information about badgers to assist their decision-making.
This resource is divided into tasks, so they do not have to complete the whole trail in one session.
Series of Tasks:
This resource is not only good for exploring simulation it is also useful in the study of life processes in Science. It explores badgers’ nutritional needs for activity; growth and health and how they use their senses; badgers’ natural habitat and how they are suited to their environment; and the badgers’ place in the food chain.
Users have access to information about badgers to assist their decision-making during the adventure. They also have an on-screen map and BPS (Badger Positioning System) so that they can see where they are at any time.
'See', 'hear', 'smell', and 'taste' what a badger does, and score points for successes. But be careful not to loose a life! It's sure to delight!
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