What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids who can read will get much more out of Celeste SE than younger kids because of the trivia and educational information that accompanies each planet. But it's still easy enough to point the Android's camera view to the sky that many pre-readers will use it just to enjoy the virtual view of the planets, moon, and sun (no other stars on this app). This app also has a compass feature, which is fun for kids learning directions.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- part-whole relationships
Engagement, Approach, Support
We dare you to look away from the stunning images of the solar system delivered to your phone. The pop-up facts may be a bit dry for younger kids, but older kids will want details.
It's empowering to find the planets, the sun, and the moon in relation to where you're standing, and to track their paths. Pop-up facts bring some depth to a mostly fun, visual approach to learning about celestial bodies.
An intro page shows how to calibrate your device for more accurate planet positions, but that's the extent of a tutorial. The compass may expand learning opportunities.
What's it about?
Simply point your smartphone to the sky to view the augmented reality images of celestial bodies (that may or may not be visible to the naked eye). Choose the one you want to know more about and move the phone to align it with the circle on your smartphone's screen. Tap the button in the popup window and you'll see the path the object takes through the sky and more information about it.
Is it any good?
CELESTE SE is an "augmented reality" app, which means users can see images of the sun, moon, and planets (not the planets in real time a la telescope) and their pathways and time of arrival through the sky in your phone's camera view, day or night. It's more fun to use outdoors because whether you're looking at the moon from outside or in your house, it will appear the same -- it just looks like the moon is sitting below your ceiling.
Families can talk about...
Take your kid outside to use this app at first. The concept is easier to grasp there, rather than indoors.
Use the app to track the sun's path throughout a day. Talk to your kid about how people have always been interested in celestial movements and used other pre-technology tools like sundials and monuments to track them.