The simulation of emigrants traveling The Oregon Trail is simple enough for
young children to operate and anjoy. At the same time, the simulation is rich
enough to support the interest and involement of older students. It can motivate
students of any age to better understand the present by studying the past.
Fiction is used in this simulation to establish time, place, characters and
event. However the primary intent of the simulation is to particularize events
and details that will suggest the impact that over 300,000 people trekking
overland by covered wagon to Utah, California, and Oregon han on the development
of the western states.
MECC (the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium) started as a state agency. The software was given away to schools in Minnesota and elsewhere in the country. MECC was a publisher and distributor of high-quality educational software for children. In May 1996 MECC was acquired by SoftKey International Inc.
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