Magazine article Technology and Children

Machines Made Easy! Software Review of the New Way Things Work. (Software)

Magazine article Technology and Children

Machines Made Easy! Software Review of the New Way Things Work. (Software)

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The New Way Things Worksoftware is an entertaining and very educational way to learn about machines and how they work. In addition to being very user-friendly, the information for over 150 machines is presented in-depth in written form along with added video and audio clips. All you do is click on anything in red to get definitions, view animations and movies, make machine parts move, or jump to other related information.

When you first enter the The New Way Things Work, the author/illustrator, David Macaulay appears in person to take you on a tour. You can head to the 3D Warehouse of Inventions with David as he explains the inner workings of his favorite machines, or you can use the navigation buttons to find out how machines work in the Machines section.

For instance, if you want to know more about hovercraft before you build one, check out the hovercraft section under Machines. There you will find a very simple but complete definition, plus you can watch the hovercraft work! The same is true for robots. This section shows you all the technology, from the parts to programming the robot. …

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