The Magic Bus Teaches Geology

True to the Scholastic book series and PBS television program, Microsoft's The Magic School Bus Explores Inside the Earth takes students on an earth-moving adventure with the wacky science teacher Ms. Frizzle and her inquisitive class. Users get to blast out of volcan'es, jump faults, rappel down canyons, uncover age-old fossils, explore a dark cavern and more as they search for rocks and minerals missing from a student's prized rock collection. As kids navigate through the layers of the Earth, they encounter entertaining activities, study multimedia reports and dig into experiments. Students are in full control of their adventure, conducting interactive science experiments, playing games and discovering activities at their own pace. Help is never far away, with Ms. Frizzle and Liz the Lizard always available to provide advice and tips.he School Edition includes a free Teacher's Activity Guide designed to help teachers integrate the program into their classroom curriculum. Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA, (206) 882-8080,

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/1996 issue of THE Journal.