NSF Science Zone

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Amazing free app sparks imagination and learning.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about a wide variety of science, nature, space, and engineering topics, presented in videos, photos, and text. Kids can also discover the world of scientists and research centers, and they'll find links to more information. Younger kids may only want to watch the videos, as the text in many segments contains high-level vocabulary and complex sentences. The app is engaging, but would be even more so with quizzes or other interactive options. The world of science is at kids' fingertips, but interactivity is limited and detail may be overwhelming.

Ease of Play

Swipe across the multitude of photos and then tap to watch video, read text, save, or share via Twitter, Facebook, or email.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Science 360 is a free, high-quality science and engineering news and information app published by the National Science Foundation. The scores of videos here -- including scientists interacting with jellyfish or mathematicians studying how snakes move to help create new mechanical engineering programs -- will appeal to science- and nature-loving kids. Others features, like text-only segments about motorized nanocars or computer charged density of FeO, may be too esoteric for most younger kids or teens who aren't science minded. Users can share what they find here via Facebook, Twitter, and email.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykmattina February 17, 2014

So much Science!

Science 360 is an app that has many videos about different Science subjects. This is app is fun for exploring but is not something that will help you learn more... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old January 14, 2014

Science at your fingertips!

This is a great app for kids who want to learn about science! It is a little hard to figure out what is going on with it at first, but after a few minutes of pl... Continue reading

Is it any good?

Downloading SCIENCE 360 is like introducing your kids to the brightest minds and the most interesting work currently being done in a variety of science, math, and engineering fields around the world. Younger kids may only want to watch the videos, as the text in many of the segments contains higher-level vocabulary. But there is something here to learn for anyone of almost any age. The fact that this app will hold your kid's attention (or yours) for hours on end is not surprising. What is incredible is that it's free

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Watch videos or read stories on this site with your kid and note the diversity of the scientists, conveying that anyone can be a scientist.

  • Talk about ways science impacts daily life. For example, one segment talks about how science can help you track your energy usage via smartphone. How could you use this kind of data in your home?

App details

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For kids who love science

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