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Kids can learn just about anything they want to know about the sun. The hands-on activities are a great learning approach since kids tend to remember more by doing, and the follow-up explanations do a fantastic job of explaining the science behind the activities. By completing the activities and watching the videos, kids can learn about a wide range of topics including solar storms, solar flares, the sun's diameter, ultraviolet light, solar energy, and much more. DIY Sun Science is an excellent, free reference tool that inspires kids as they learn about the sun.
Ease of Play
There is a lot of information to take in, but tapping and scrolling through the app is easy, and the activities are extremely well organized.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that DIY Sun Science is an interactive reference tool that teaches kids about the sun. It contains hands-on activities, gorgeous images and videos, and a live sun cam. Each of the activities includes a summary, a materials list, step-by-step instructions, and a follow-up explanation. Most activities will likely require adult assistance and supervision. Kids will enjoy the videos and animations, and checking out the live images of the sun in the observatory will inspire astronomers of all ages.
Is It Any Good?
DIY Sun Science is a great way to spark interest in astronomy and inspire learning. The activities are fun and engaging, and they tie in nicely with important astronomy concepts. Completing them takes a bit of effort outside of the app, but the activities are very well organized and require materials that can typically be found around the house. Many of the images and videos are stunning, and most of them relate in some way to the hands-on activities. Kids will likely find the sun observatory an exciting feature as they view real, live images of the sun from a NASA satellite. It would be nice if there were some quizzes or activities that kids could complete to apply what they learned. Still, this free reference tool is an excellent addition to any virtual science library.
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