A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can read short bios of a variety of women who have made important contributions to science throughout history. Kids will also look at some scientific accomplishments in depth with AR explorations of what these scientists produced such as a space station.
Ease of Play
Navigation through the app is simple. But it can be awkward to maneuver the device around in exploration. And functionality isn't always smooth.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Kids who love space and scientific exploration will get the most out of this multi-media reference collection. Reach Across the Stars has some really neat features, such as being able to explore an international space station or listen to radio pulsars. But this app isn't geared towards kids who don't already know a bit about the scientific topics. Text explanations are somewhat limited, and audio interviews often jump right into the complexities of the scientists' work without much of an introduction. Much of the language is sophisticated enough that kids who don't already know a bit will likely find it hard to understand.
On the other hand, the short bios are a great way to learn about a range of women throughout history -- and their important contributions to science. But the information is brief, so kids who want to really learn about these women scientists will need to look up more information from other sources. Also, there were a few glitches during the review period. Overall, Reach Across the Stars can be a cool resource for inspiring young scientists.
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