ROCHESTER, NY – Second Avenue Software has produced AstroTours, an educational software product for college textbook publisher W. W. Norton and Company. This product consists of a series of animations depicting astronomy and physics concepts, such as the Greenhouse Effect, Galaxy Interactions, and Dark Matter. These animations combine narration with high end 3D realistic art and activities that test the student’s understanding of science concepts. The AstroTours are available to students on Norton’s StudySpace for Astronomy student website, and to instructors who adopt Norton’s 21st Century Astronomy textbook on CD-ROM.
Second Avenue has partnered with WW Norton since 2007 to produce high quality interactives and educational new media. “Working with the development team at Second Avenue was a pleasure,” says Rob Bellinger, Science Media Editor at W. W. Norton. “Their attention to detail and deadlines, their willingness to revise to meet evolving design specs, and their ability to integrate AstroTour content into Norton’s SmartWork homework system helped make the project a success. Most importantly, the new AstroTour tutorial animations have garnered very positive reactions from adopting instructors, who will use them with their students starting this summer.”
The AstroTours were produced by Rochester-area talent, including programmers, artists, animators, subject matter experts, and recording engineers. The product was completed in March, and will be provided with the physical and online versions of W. W. Norton’s college textbook, 21st Century Astronomy, by Jeff Hester, Brad Smith, George Blumenthal, Laura Kay and Howard Voss. A link to the book can be found at: http://books.wwnorton.com/books/detail.aspx?ID=17420.
Second Avenue Software is a certified women-owned new media company in Pittsford, NY that provides content authoring, training services, managed services for learning management systems, custom software development for interactive modules and serious games. Second Avenue offers products and services to clients in publishing, government and Fortune 500 companies including W.W. Norton, Pearson, K12, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. To learn more, visit http://secondavenuelearning.com.more