Science can be fun, especially now that the Health and Safety
Executive and the Association for Science Education have produced
their Human Torch CD-ROM to transform the teaching of standard
National Curriculum lessons on safety and risk.
Human Torch is aimed at 11-14 year olds and allows them to play
the role of Special Investigators in an X-files type plot about
spontaneous human combustion; this is a game that will have both
pupils and teachers eagerly awaiting the next lesson.
Specially commissioned film clips from an award-winning director
and greater interactivity are used to take players through a series
of missions, each with clear learning objectives, where they
investigate a bizarre death. Multimedia activities let them return
to the crime scene, find clues and test them in a forensic
laboratory. Video sequences enable 'interviews' with
witnesses and experts and advance the plot. The computer activities
are enriched with dramatic classroom experiments so pupils can
'reconstruct the crime'.
Watch a video clip of human torch
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How to obtain a copy of the human torch
Human torch is part of a series of resources that have been
developed for Science Year. These resources have been distributed
to schools via a series of CDs. One free copy of each Science Year
CD ROM is available to all UK middle and secondary schools. English
schools should register by email to [email protected], including full name, address and postcode details of your school. Please note that schools in
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not need to register. CDs
will be sent to them from the relevant education office.