Arloon Solar System

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Emily Pohlonski, Common Sense Media
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Use augmented reality to explore a 3-D solar system.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about earth and the celestial objects around it. By using the interactive elements, they can figure out how the phases of the moon or tides work. Kids also can compare sizes and traits of the different planets. The simulation and augmented-reality features bring outer space to life in a way a textbook can't, so Arloon Solar System gives kids a window onto faraway worlds.

Ease of Play

Mostly intuitive, but no tutorial and some glitchy features.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Arloon Solar System is an interactive reference tool that lets kids virtually manipulate and learn about astronomical elements such as planets, stars, and celestial bodies. Arloon's augmented-reality technology requires a card you can print from the developer's website; it allows kids to use the cameras on their devices to create virtual, 3-D models. Content is available in English and Spanish.

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What's it about?

ARLOON SOLAR SYSTEM lets kids explore the sun, earth, moon, and our neighboring planets in detail. Kids use interactive technology to manipulate parts of our solar system to observe scientific phenomena such as phases of the moon, tides, and eclipses. Through simulations, text, and augmented reality, kids can access content in a variety of ways. In the Space Station, kids can assess how much they've learned and earn different objects.

Is it any good?

Capitalizing on kids' natural fascination with space, this multifaceted tool is full of exploration options, though the augmented-reality feature is a bit glitchy. Also, this title does not provide quite as much interactivity as some of the developer's other apps: When kids are curious, they can’t click objects such as a solar flare to find out what it is, the way you can click on the liver to learn more in the related anatomy app. Augmented reality works comparably in both tools, requiring kids to hold out a card printed out from the website or to use a detailed picture; though it's cool to look at, kids will get more out of the other features. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they see in the sky each day and night. Record your observations in a family science notebook. How do you think scientists figured out what we know about our sky?

  • Compare what your family sees to what people from other places would see. Why are there differences?

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