A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about making scientific observations, identifying cloud types, and collecting and sharing data with scientists from around the world. They'll also learn about mosquito habitats and how to identify potential mosquito breeding grounds.
Ease of Play
A step-by-step tutorial for each activity helps kids get started, but there are a lot of icons and features to figure out.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
The idea of sharing scientific data with a global community centered around NASA is awesome, but primarily having only two options for environmental observations is limiting. Observing clouds and mosquito habitats using GLOBE Observer are interesting ways to study the environment, but adding more options would make the app much more appealing. Thankfully, special events like eclipses are timely add-ons, so kids can use their excitement to fuel their observations. There are a lot of excellent support tools for users, which is typical of NASA apps. Users can visit the GLOBE Observer website and access links to data, training, a summary of the app, and much more. Most importantly, it includes kids in a real-life scientific community, which makes data collection much less abstract and more exciting.
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