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Peep Ciencias: Rampas

App review by
Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Awesome tool to explore STEM concepts on- and offline.

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Educational Value

Kids will explore and learn about ramps, motion, friction, slopes, and other science concepts and skills through online and offline engagement.

Ease of Play

The digital platform is designed for kids and grown-ups to enjoy together. Press play for kids to watch the informative cartoon. Video tutorials and step-by-step questions and extension ideas guide grown-ups on how to engage kids in offline learning.  

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What parents need to know

Parent need to know that Peep Ciencias: Rampas is an education app entirely in Spanish based on the TV show Peep and the Big Wide World, and it engages little ones with animated videos about key science concepts related to ramps, and guides grown-ups on how to explore these key concepts through questions, conversation, exploration, and activities. It's also available in English, and is one of a series. The animated video is geared towards kids, presents key ideas, and serves as a platform for discussion. The rest of the session is designed as a tool for grown-ups to facilitate offline learning and help kids make real-life connections. There are eight sessions in total, paced out across four weeks. The parent videos illustrate the educational journey parents will facilitate for their kids and walks them through the three main components of each session: playing and exploring together, asking questions and discussing concepts, and exploring further to make real-life connections. Essentially, the app provides step-by-step directions on how grown-ups can teach little ones about ramps and actively engage them in making and testing hypotheses, making relevant connections, applying scientific skills and vocabulary, and sharing what they've learned in their own words. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.     

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What's it about?

PEEP CIENCIAS: RAMPAS is a digital platform entirely in Spanish that provides parents with a guide on how to facilitate age-appropriate learning around ramps, or inclined planes, which are one of the six classical simple machines. The app includes videos of parents modeling how they use Peep Ciencias: Rampas to engage their kid in scientific exploration and discussion. Each of the eight sessions builds upon the previous session's learning and follows a similar structure, incorporating an animated video to introduce kids to new concepts, step-by-step ideas for kids and grown-ups to play and explore together, questions to launch conversation about concepts, and ideas to explore concepts further. Topics such as slopes and friction are presented in an age-appropriate way, emphasizing observation and description. While using the app, kids will practice scientific skills such as making observations, making comparisons, making predictions, testing their hypotheses, and verbally describing outcomes. The app guides grown-ups on how to support kids in the design and creation of their own ramps and encourages families to take the learning outdoors, where they will find different examples of ramps. 

Is it any good?

Learn about ramps and age-appropriate science skills through fun, quirky video clips and clear step-by-step directions, question prompts, and activity ideas that help grown-ups promote offscreen learning, real-world connections, and critical thinking. The app is designed to guide grown-ups in facilitating a learning experience for their kids in an exciting and engaging way. The focus is on the family interactions that promote learning and enthusiasm around science. It also emphasizes the idea of giving kids ownership over developing their own ideas and testing them, which will translate into any other personal or academic endeavor. Families that want to add pizazz to traditional homework assignments or want to take a more active role in helping their kids make connections outside of school, will love this app. Ever struggle to explain a complex idea in a kid-friendly way? This app makes it easy. Peep Ciencias: Rampas is extremely easy to follow, since the app spells out everything from materials needed to what to say and when. It also provides explicit extension ideas. The parent videos clearly illustrate an example of what the sessions look like and sound like. It even shows parents the age-appropriate science vocabulary and skills that are addressed in each session. Families may be left wanting more content after finishing the eighth session, but the suggested activities can be used to engage kids over and over again. The general format of exploration can also be applied to other concepts. Overall, Peep Ciencias: Rampas is an awesome tool that will help families explore scientific concepts in Spanish. Best of all, it encourages families to spend quality time together and bond over learning.    

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Take a walk in your community and look for different examples of ramps when playing Peep Ciencias: Rampas. This activity will get kids thinking, exploring, and observing what is happening around them. Can you find large ramps? Can you find small ramps? What do you think the ramp is used for? 

  • Create ramps and explore how angles affect the speed of an object. Test different types of objects and note the characteristics of the objects that roll and the ones that don't. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, following directions, forming arguments, naming, presenting to others, speaking, using supporting evidence, vocabulary
    Math: estimation, grouping, patterns, probability, shapes
    Science: engineering, gravity, momentum, motion
    Arts: drawing, movement, painting, playing
    Hobbies: building
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, asking questions, collecting data, decision-making, hypothesis-testing, investigation, logic, making conclusions, prediction, problem solving, spatial reasoning, thinking critically
    Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, developing novel solutions, imagination
    Self-Direction: academic development, effort, self-reflection
    Communication: asking questions, conveying messages effectively, listening, speaking
    Collaboration: meeting challenges together
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 10, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Science and Nature
  • Size: 104.30 MB
  • Publisher: WGBH Interactive
  • Version: 1.0.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up

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