Cyberchase 3D Builder

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Kids turn 2-D shapes into 3-D buildings in fun geometry app.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn that 3-D geometric shapes are composed of 2-D shapes such as rectangles, squares, and triangles. Kids get a flat version of a 3-D shape and must rotate and swipe its sides to build a 3-D shape. For example, kids may get a 2-D shape made up of three squares and two triangles. By swiping the sides of this shape, kids can build a 3-D triangular prism. A picture in the top-right corner of the screen tells kids what the 3-D shape, or building, should look like. As the game gets harder, kids get several 2-D shapes and have to choose which ones will form the final 3-D shape. Kids also have to decide how to arrange the 3-D shapes so they look like the picture of the building. Cyberchase 3D Builder is a great way for kids to develop spatial-reasoning skills.

Ease of Play

The game is easy to play, but some shapes are challenging to swipe and fold. Younger kids may need some practice.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cyberchase 3D Builder is a geometry game for young users starring the characters Buzz and Delete from the PBS math series Cyberchase. Kids swipe and rotate to fold 2-D shapes in such a way that a 3-D shape, or building, is formed. The goal is to help rebuild a town that was accidentally flattened. Buzz and Delete encourage kids to do their best in a fun and playful way; kids try to earn up to three stars for completing each building. Learning increases in difficulty as kids make their way through eight levels. 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?

CYBERCHASE 3D BUILDER is an app based on the popular PBS math series Cyberchase. To help rebuild a city that was accidentally flattened by robots Buzz and Delete, kids create 3-D shapes, or buildings, from 2-D shapes. There are eight levels of gameplay that increase in difficulty, with the final level challenging kids to create and stack multiple 3-D shapes to form a complex structure. Kids can earn stars for speed and accuracy, and they must complete a level to unlock the next one. Once kids complete all levels and have rebuilt the city, a fun fireworks display rains over the city.

Is it any good?

The fun characters and story line in Cyberchase 3D Builder will engage kids as they help rebuild the city of Botopolis. The visual aspect of the game is one of its greatest strengths -- kids can see firsthand how 2-D shapes transform into 3-D shapes. This is an essential step when learning about geometric figures, and the app does a great job with this since kids directly interact with the transformation. Buzz and Delete are encouraging and helpful, providing subtle hints when kids struggle. If they're really stuck, kids can tap the help icon for more detailed hints and visual aids. It's a fun and engaging way for kids to build a conceptual understanding of geometric figures and to develop important spatial-reasoning skills.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about 3-D shapes, their names, and geometric properties. For example, a cube is made of six sides or squares.

  • Give kids a picture of a 3-D shape and challenge them to draw the 2-D shapes that make it up.

App details

  • Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Math: geometry, shapes
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, problem solving, solving puzzles, thinking critically
  • Price: $.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: January 21, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Robots
  • Size: 127.00 MB
  • Publisher: PBS KIDS
  • Version: 1.2.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up

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