Meet Science: Magnetism and Electricity

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Attractive science tool features games, simple experiments.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about important topics related to magnetism and electricity. The lessons are packed with great information, and they include on-screen text as well as audio. Some of the lessons are text-heavy, but simple and colorful animations help break up the text and keep kids engaged. Lessons are followed by brief quizzes, which help assess understanding, and relevant experiments, which reinforce what kids learned in the lessons. An illustrated glossary helps kids build vocabulary related to the lessons and experiments. Kids can play the mini-games to apply what they've learned about conductors, circuits, and electromagnets. Meet Science: Magnetism and Electricity is a comprehensive resource with many layers of learning.

Ease of Play

The design makes it easy to navigate, although kids would benefit from an instruction screen to help them get started. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Meet Science: Magnetism and Electricity is a comprehensive science resource that helps kids learn about magnetism and electricity through lessons, experiments, and mini-games. Cute characters guide kids through lessons, and each lesson ends with videos of related experiments kids can do if they have the right materials. Some experiments can be done using simple, everyday objects. However, a handful of the experiments require materials that may be a bit difficult to find, such as iron powder. The mini-games are both fun and challenging, and they tie in extremely well with the lesson content.

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What's it about?

MEET SCIENCE: MAGNETISM AND ELECTRICITY is organized into four main areas: Learn, Experiment, Glossary, and Mini Games. In Learn, kids can choose from seven lessons that cover topics with both text and voice-over. Each page of a lesson includes a cheerful animation that supports learning, and the lessons end with a brief quiz to assess learning as well as links to the experiment videos that relate to the lesson. In Experiment, kids can directly access the simple experiments that appear at the ends of the lessons. In Glossary, kids can tap to read and hear definitions. There's also a section called Aha, which contains a four-chapter dictionary that connects science with everyday phenomena. In Mini Games, kids can choose from three games that challenge them to use their knowledge about magnetism and electricity to score big and win. Top scores are tracked and can be displayed at the tap of a finger.

Is it any good?

Meet Science: Magnetism and Electricity offers kids a great opportunity to learn, experiment, and play. The lessons are content-rich, with cute characters and colorful animations that keep things interesting. It's nice that each lesson is followed by a brief quiz, but there are only three questions, and they're not scored. However, feedback is immediate, and kids can learn from their mistakes. The experiments are fairly straightforward and include a summary page as well as a materials list and an opportunity for kids to make predictions about the experiments. Some require materials kids may not be able to get their hands on. Nonetheless, seeing the concepts from the lessons in action is a good learning experience. The mini-games do a nice job of incorporating the concepts learned in the lessons. They are fun, challenging, and scored. Kids will enjoy applying what they learned through interactive gameplay. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about items around the house that demonstrate properties of magnetism and electricity.

  • If possible, gather the necessary materials and do some of the experiments with kids after reviewing the relevant lessons. 

  • Have kids draw a diagram of a circuit and then describe each part and its function. 

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Science: electricity, physics
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, investigation, part-whole relationships
  • Price: $4.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: March 26, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 590.00 MB
  • Publisher: NCSOFT
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later

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