A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
Kids start with GLOBE OBSERVER by creating an account with an email address. The two options for gathering data are cloud observations and mapping mosquito habitats, unless there's a special natural event included, like an eclipse. Each option steps users through the process of describing the environment, the option of taking photos, and the option of sharing observations. There are also links to view upcoming satellite flyovers, global community data, NASA data, and a cloud reference guide.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it's important for scientists around the world to collaborate. Sharing information helps people learn from one another. How does GLOBE Observer help this purpose?
Discuss some ways to collect and share data. Work together to collect a data set and share it with other family members and friends.
Talk about the importance of tracking mosquito breeding sites and preventing the spread of certain diseases.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Science: astronomy, biology, weather
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, collecting data, investigation
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: March 1, 2017
- Category: Education
- Topics: Science and nature
- Size: 15.20 MB
- Publisher: NASA
- Version: 1.2.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
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