Autodesk Digital STEAM Measurement

Common Sense Media says

Interactive textbook lets kids get hands on with concepts.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Moving through each section is as easy as clicking continue. Kids need to be able to read independently to understand the concepts.

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You don't need to submit any personal information to use the app. There's no link to privacy policy included in the app.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Autodesk Digital STEAM Measurement is one of three STEAM -- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math -- apps from Autodesk, known for many professional-level engineering and architecture products. This free tool is like a textbook and lab in one, teaching kids about the concepts and then letting them interact hands-on with the ideas. The other apps in the Autodesk Digital STEAM curriculum include Applied Mechanics and Visual Design and are designed to introduce kids to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • measurement
  • geometry

Science

  • engineering
  • measurement

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • investigation
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids are in charge of directing their learning. The lab-like interactions are engaging and helpful to build understanding.

Learning Approach

Multiple modes of delivering the information help comprehension, but lack of assessment component makes it is hard to check for understanding.

Support

Kids have to figure out the navigation on their own, as there are no instructions. It's mostly intuitive, but some of the interactive components are hard to figure out. Since there is no assessment, there is no data.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • measurement
  • geometry

Science

  • engineering
  • measurement

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • investigation
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn definitions and formulas for different methods of measurement with Autodesk Digital STEAM Measurement. They'll practice reading non-fiction texts for information, as well, as they learn about linear measurement, perimeter, area, volume, angular measurement, proportion, weight, liquid volume, temperature, multiple variables, btu, and power. Autodesk Digital STEAM Measurement presents concepts in a variety of ways and is a great bargain (free!) for all of the data measurement tools kids can touch and explore.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

AUTODESK DIGITAL STEAM MEASUREMENT is an interactive textbook. The list of topics on the left serves as a table of contents, and kids advance through each topic consecutively or can tap to choose specific topics related to measurement -- like perimeter and area, volume, proportion, weight, temperature, power, and btu. Each topic includes a definition of the concept with an interactive demonstration of the concept (for temperature, kids can drag the mercury in the thermometer to different temperatures and see the impact on the beaker of water). More detailed information about each concept is included with pictures and text.

Is it any good?

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Of the three Autodesk Digital STEAM apps, this one is least likely to stand alone in helping kids fully grasp the concepts -- measurement in this case -- but that is due to the complexity of the concepts. There are no verbal or written directions included, so the measurements in the hands-on sections are confusing to figure out. The amount of information included, though, is impressive and makes this a worthwhile app for kids to explore. Some of the concepts are more interactive than others and some are easier to manipulate and understand. For concepts like measurement and data that take many introductions to grasp, this self-paced exploration is a worthwhile tool.

Families can talk about...

  • Use specific sections (like area or perimeter or temperature) to support school coursework or special interests.

  • Enhance the 3-D screen examples with real-life examples of measurements.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:March 19, 2013
Category:Education
Topics:Science and nature
Size:28.50 MB
Publisher:Autodesk Inc.
Version:2.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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