Gale, CyberScience 3D Unveil Interactive Science Learning Programs

Three new Web-based reference products covering science topics are now available with optional interactive 3D models.

Gale, a division of Cengage Learning, has developed the three programs in conjunction with CyberScience 3D, a company that creates 3D simulations.

Gale, which typically markets materials for academic and public libraries, has created two topic-specific programs, one on human anatomy and another on chemistry. A third resource combines multiple science topics and can be used as a refresher for introductory college science courses or as a basic science learning tool for high school students.

"These products bring science to life by enabling students to manipulate and interact with content," said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager for Gale.

While the resources allow students to manipulate and interact with content and images in two-dimensional formats on almost any screen, a 3D experience is available using glasses or an interactive whiteboard with a 3D projector. By clicking on individual components of the visuals in the programs, users can find relevant additional content about the image.

Each program includes the ability for students to give themselves quizzes at the end of each section and work through interactive simulation lessons. They can be accessed on laptops, tablets or with interactive whiteboards through multiple browsers.

A driver can be installed to accommodate 3D printing and an optional 3D printer is available.

"These new science products for academic and school libraries will allow students to learn science concepts online in an interactive environment supported by curriculum-based reference materials in the classroom, at home and in the library," said CyberScience 3D President Tom Nicknish.

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