An educational app that may turn on your kids' love for science
Between our membership to the Boston Museum of Science and frequent viewings of Here Comes Science
, my kids are growing up thinking that science is the coolest subject out there. It's a far cry from how I felt about it in high school myself.
And now we have Bobo: A little robot who has come to earth via your iPad to make science even more amazing for your kids.
The first of what I hope will be many Bobo apps is called simply Bobo Explores Light
. Made specifically for the larger format of the iPad, it is packed with information for kids ages 8-12-- though my six year-old gets a huge kick out of this, even if he doesn't understand it all.Bobo Explores Light
is one of the pricier apps I've downloaded, but there is a lot more here than a few screens of games or videos. I've had the app for a little while now and haven't had time to explore each of about 15 topics, from auroras to photosynthesis. Think of this more like an ebook versus a game app, and the cost will seem like a bargain for all you get. Especially once you get a load of the gorgeous graphics.
But for kids? It's about Bobo. What makes this little guy appealing to my kids is that he's no know-it-all robot but an awe-struck discoverer of things like light and the sun's energy----he captures their awe at things they don't understand (yet). A pleasant-sounding narrator provides additional explanation via pull-down screens that also included more text, cool videos and relevant pictures.
There are also plenty of "teaching" games: Make a disco for Bobo using refracted light, or show what can happen when you open an umbrella in a thunderstorm.
My one wish would be for the drop-down boxes of text to be read aloud, for kids who struggle with reading. Even so, it's a great app for kids to grow into over time. Hook them while they are young, and hopefully they will never approach science class with the same dread as I once did. -Christina
Download Bobo Explores Light for the iPad from iTunes.
Congratulations to Jessica O! She won a free download of Bobo Explores Light for the iPad.
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