Cosmolander - Missions in the Solar System

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Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Space journey lets kids explore and play at their own pace.

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Educational Value

Kids can explore and learn interesting facts about the solar system like the specific characteristics of each planet and the sun. After exploring, kids use what they learned to complete missions, which include a mini quiz. 

Ease of Play

Easy to navigate. Some sound supports for early readers, but most of the exploration of facts requires reading independently. Directions for the games are embedded in the mission and intuitive.

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The parent area, protected by a multiplication gate, has information about Cosmolander – Mission in the Solar System, as well as other apps by the same developer. The launch page has a link on the right bottom corner which takes kids to a list of downloadable apps.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cosmolander - Missions in the Solar System is an education app that takes kids on a journey through the solar system, providing them with information about planets, the sun, and various discoveries and explorations. The entire solar system is displayed once kids press play. They can then choose specific planets, the sun, or the asteroid belt to explore in detail. Each topic has two subgroups, “explore” and “mission”. Under “explore”, kids will learn specific facts about each planet. Kids will then use what they have learned to accomplish the “mission,” which requires them to answer several planet-specific questions before playing a game. The interface is designed for ease in navigation and kids will find the games to be intuitive to follow. Families can set the app to play in English, Spanish, French, Italian, or German. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

COSMOLANDER - MISSIONS IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM allows kids to explore and learn about the solar system. It fosters intergalactic discovery by providing information about the sun and each planet, including information about their structure, satellites, dimensions, climate, interesting facts, and journeys and discoveries. The main description of the sun and each planet is read aloud when voice and sound is on; however, all other information requires kids to read on their own. Under the “mission” subsection, kids are quizzed on planet-specific knowledge. Answering questions correctly allows them to dodge dangerous objects as they navigate towards their destination. The final part of the mission, which unlocks after kids pass the quiz, requires them to play a brief game. The launch page has a “parents’ area” protected by a multiplication wall, which links grown-ups to other apps by the developer, social media, and information about Cosmolander – Missions in the Solar System. Under settings, users can control the app’s language and turn sound, voice, and music on or off. 

Is it any good?

This visually captivating digital journey through the solar system will engage kids and challenge them through multiple modes. Cosmolander – Missions in the Solar System is a fun way to explore facts about the sun, planets, and the asteroid belt. There's no specific sequence to follow which lets kids have more control over how they play, and the multiple formats of quiz questions make them more fun. The missions are quirky and creative, which will definitely keep kids on their toes. They can even try their hand at the “mission” and the quiz before exploring planet-specific information. Information is presented in written and visual format, making it more accessible. But while the sound and voice options support young readers, they have their limits. The information and missions would be more accessible, regardless of reading ability, if the sound and voice options were applied to everything or if there was a tap-to-read feature. Also the games aren't "baked-in"; they're used as motivation and reward, which isn't ideal. Overall, Cosmolander – Missions in the Solar System is sure to provide an educational and engaging experience for kids interested in science, the planets, and intergalactic discoveries. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can share what they are learning in Cosmolander – Missions in the Solar System by using the facts as inspiration for a family trivia game. Write your favorite facts on index cards and let the game begin! 

  • Encourage kids to look at different sources to gather information and facts about the solar system. What other interesting information can we uncover about the solar system? What topics do you want to explore further? 

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