How far away are the stars? How can we see them if they’re so far away? Why are some stars brighter than others? If you have an inquisitive child who is asking these questions, you should consider Galaxies, a new app by Kids Discover. It gives scientific information to kids, using spectacular color photographs and engaging interactive features. Fun Educational Apps awards Kids Discover Galaxies a Top Pick for excellence in app design and technical content.
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Kids Discover Galaxies, available for the iPad, contains eleven sections, each one with a captivating title like ”The Milky Way Merry-Go-Round” and “Through the Looking Glass.” The clearly marked navigational tools allow your child to access any section directly. Topics include a general description of what a galaxy is, how it is formed, and what happens when galaxies collide. A plus sign indicates that more information is available by touching it. Throughout each section, questions are displayed to encourage inquiry.
An amateur astronomer checked out the scientific content of Galaxies for me. He found the information to be accurate and well organized. He especially liked the diagram of the Milky Way Galaxy that can be rotated to show it from different perspectives. He also commented that the photography was state of the art. His conclusion: “This app makes astronomy come alive.”
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The photography used in Galaxies comes from such respected sources as NASA, Harvard University, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech, and the Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Pictures of different galaxies enhance the text and make it more understandable. Video clips offer additional insights. My favorite one gives you the sensation of hurtling through space at the speed of light. All of these features combine to make a app your child is sure to enjoy.
With Kids Discover Galaxies, you and your child have the opportunity to learn the basics of astronomy and cultivate an interest in the cosmos. This is only one of the apps that is available from Kids Discover. All of their apps deal with non-fiction topics of interest to children ages 7-13. Fun Educational Apps gives Galaxies a Top Pick for its ability to present a complex scientific topic in a way kids can appreciate.
Kids Discover Galaxies is FREE and available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App
Review by Julie Peterson a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14. Her iPad has become her favorite therapy tool.
Discover more top educational apps by Kids Discover:
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