A session or two with Mia provides even pre-schoolers with computer know-how. Mia provides the opportunity and the motivation to manipulate the mouse (or the ball or track pad), to use the cursor, to point and click to indicate a choice, or to point and drag, to bring an item to another place. They learn to use a variety of keys to make things happen. And in playing adventure games like Mia, they find humor, surprise, suspense, while participating actively in the story-making. All the while they are exercising their powers of observation, memory, resourcefulness, anticipation, patience and persistence.
Children, from early infancy on, are natural-born scientists, figuring out their world and how it works by making theories, testing them out with experiments and revising them when their predictions or hypotheses don’t work. The activities or games within the game give Mia and the player a chance to test their knowledge about or learn for the first time age-appropriate scientific concepts and scientific terminology.
The topics include:
• plants and their parts (roots, stems, flowers, fruits, leaves, and seeds);
• animals and how to classify them (mammal, reptile, amphibian, marsupial, insect,
arachnid, mollusk, bird); their habitats (desert, forest, savanna, etc.), their eating
habits (carnivore, herbivore, omnivore);
• weather - clouds;
• the solar system;
• earth science;
• the human body and its systems (nervous system, skeletal,
muscular, circulatory, digestive, eye and ear, locomotion, respiration);
• heat energy;
• properties of matter;
• electricity and magnetism.