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Kids can learn about atoms, molecules, the periodic table of elements, and how the elements are used in everyday applications. They can build their own atoms by adding the correct number of protons, neutrons, and electrons to a diagram based on atomic number and weight. Kids also can build molecules by dragging atoms to the correct place on a ball-and-stick model. NOVA Elements provides a wealth of information through text and audio descriptions of the elements and through a video hosted by an entertaining narrator, David Pogue.
Ease of Play
Instructions are clear and precise and the touchscreen features are very intuitive. Some prior knowledge of atoms and molecules is needed for optimal use of all the app's features.
Violence & Scariness
Kids can see bombs explode in videos about the elements.
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Products & Purchases
A link to the iTunes store appears on the title page and on the Hunting the Elements video page. There's also a link to the PBS store within the app.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that NOVA Elements is a fun educational app that gets kids interested in the building blocks of matter. Kids can construct atoms and molecules using popular touchscreen features. In this way, the app engages kids in an interactive learning experience. A beautifully designed periodic table provides information about the elements at the tap of a finger, and the video chapters from the NOVA movie Hunting the Elements are easily accessible for kids who want to learn even more. Text and audio instructions are available for the activities, which can be useful for kids with varying learning styles.
Is It Any Good?
NOVA ELEMENTS is a great learning tool for kids who want to know about the elements. Building atoms and molecules gets kids engaged in the learning process, which is always a good thing. The information provided about the elements in the periodic table is somewhat basic, but it's interesting enough to encourage kids to keep tapping on the elements to learn more. The fun, easily accessible video chapters from Hunting the Elements make the app a well-rounded addition to any science-related digital-learning library.
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