November 10, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Media Contact: Kendra Ericson
Tool Factory Inc.
Telephone: (802) 375-6549 Ext. 201
FAX: (802) 375-6860
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Tool Factory Wins Museum of Science “Top Choice”
Boston’s Museum of Science has selected Tool Factory’s Badger Trails
and Musical Leaps and Bounds as winners of
the 2004 Top Choice Software Awards Competition.
The two Tool Factory titles have been installed in the
Cahner’s ComputerPlace Discovery Exhibit at the museum,
where over 300,000 annual visitors explore interactive,
Tool Factory shares the top honors with an elite group of six other winners,
and is the only publisher to have two programs recognized.
Winning titles were chosen for being highly interactive,
helping develop new skills, encouraging creativity and
problem solving, providing constructive feedback, and
Badger Trails begins
with a detailed, richly illustrated, interactive story
about a family of badgers being studied by biologists.
In search of food, one of the badgers wanders onto a trailer
and falls asleep. When it awakens, the badger is far from
home, tired, and hungry. Students live the life of a badger—all
from the badger’s perspective—and must make their way
home, through a myriad of dangers and encounters.
They gather information about badgers, their senses,
their food, and the threats they face. Using this information
and a wonderfully detailed map—using BPS (Badger Positioning
System)--children navigate, find food and water, and avoid
danger. Grades 2-5 students acquire literacy skills, scientific
understanding, and navigational abilities through this
engrossing program. Playing Badger Trails will undoubtedly result in uproarious laughter and endless
opportunities to learn about science.
Leaps and Bounds
Musical Leaps and Bounds is a brilliant text-free program depending entirely on animation and sound
to teach musical fundamentals to young learners. Without
speech or text, curious young minds quickly learn to navigate
the six colorful, humorous activities while learning about
beat, pitch, timbre, and musical accompaniment. The program
also helps improve listening skills, lengthen concentration span,
enhance memory, and develop mouse skills.
In the opening screen, three frogs beat drums nearly as big as they are.
The two on the outside keep perfect time while the frustrated
one in the middle struggles to catch on. (Make sure the
sound is on!) The curtain drops with applause, and then
raises again to present an unlikely group of six bobbing
dancers, each representing a different activity: a green
guy with the funky haircut teaches about octaves; selecting
the yellow dog leads to the Moody Jukebox, offering different
musical styles and the moods associated with them; and
the three-toed blue critter appears as part of a multi-member
band, each one playing a different instrument. When clicked
on, each musician hops on stage and starts playing. The
child can create their own arrangements and learn how
instruments fit together. Although designed for K-1 children,
the six activities are truly fun for all ages.
Platform and Installation
Both Badger Trails and Musical Leaps and Bounds install quickly
on Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh computers.
Both of these programs are available by calling (800) 220-8386 or visiting http://www.toolfactory.com.
A single installation of Musical Leaps and Bounds
is $44.95, and Badger Trails is $49.95. Multiple
installations and network versions are available. The
Museum of Science will also be offering these titles in
their museum shop. (http://www.mos.org/)
About Tool Factory
Factory is a Vermont publisher and developer of leading-edge
educational software, meeting the needs of educators and
students across a wide range of skill levels and disciplines.
As a woman-owned,
Vermont-based small business, Tool Factory’s goal is to
make a difference in American education by providing superior
educational software. The Tool Factory staff
combs global markets for the best educational computer
applications available and tailors products to meet the
needs of American educators and students. The staff has
also pioneered its own unique applications designed to
fill niches not addressed in the current educational marketplace.
Teachers, students, and parents join the Tool Factory
staff in testing products to ensure that they are easy
to navigate, fun to use, and beneficial to the learning
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Kendra Ericson at (802) 375-6549 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.