Geography Drive USA
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Geography Drive USA is an educational game app that helps kids learn about America and U.S. states by playing a game based on a road trip through each state. Kids are prompted with some voice instruction, but they also need to be able to read questions. Questions include map identifications ("Where's Chicago?") and more than 500 multiple choice questions (What's the capital of Arizona?") that kids earn money to buy gas and other items for their car by answering correctly. There's a visitors center where kids can brush up on each state with online brochures. If they don't want to read the brochures, kids can still play by recalling information they've learned in school to answer some questions and maybe do some guessing. Just don't run out of gas, or your trip is over.
What kids can learn
- cultural understanding
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
Take an engaging road trip through each state, earning money for gas and supplies by answering questions. Kids who know a lot about U.S. geography will enjoy using their knowledge; reading all the information may be boring for some kids.
Kids can learn about all 50 states through this interactive game, as well as U.S. geography, national parks, historic events, and trivia. The app helps kids build the concept of how each state relates to the nation as a whole.
User accounts allow progress to be recorded individually through multiple play sessions. Total amount of money earned, states "cleared" and currrent state appear at the top of game screen. Kids are prompted with some voice instruction.
What's it about?
Choose one of three players and you're assigned a car that you can paint. Put your name on your garage, then tap Play Game to start. Visit your first state, and answer three trivia questions to earn a state pass. You win cash for correct answers, which adds to your fuel (needed to continue to play). A "Sorry" appears for incorrect answers. Tap on a multiple choice answer or drag a green star to answer other questions on maps. When you master a state you can choose the next border state to move onto, but don't run out of gas!
Is it any good?
Kids who have already learned just enough about the 50 states and geography to know answers to some of the questions will enjoy using their knowledge and learning more on Geography Drive USA. Reading through the information at the Visitor Center may be a bit boring for some kids, but it does help to play the game if a kid needs to know more about a certain state. This app is a great way to learn specific information like states and capitals, postal abbreviations, and the shape of states, while learning more general information about American trivia.
Families can talk about...
Post a U.S. map on your refrigerator or wall to help kids catch a glance of it many times a day.
With your kid, read the brochure for the state your family lives in -- you both may learn something new!