A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Robots for iPad is a comprehensive source for all things robots. Created by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, kids and adults can see photos, videos, animations, and read the specs of more than 100 robots from 19 countries (at the time of this review). These robots can do everything from land on the moon to help you stick to a healthy diet, and this app can help explain the hows and whys of robotics. Some of the information and articles are likely well above most kids' reading and comprehension levels, geared more toward tech-oriented adults and teens. Still, even young kids can learn a lot through the amazing visuals and interactive features (such as rating robots' appearances on a sliding scale between "creepy" and "nice"). Robots can be brought to life in the minds of kids who explore Robots for iPad.
What's it about?
The app is organized by categories: Robots, Ratings, News, Play, Learn, About. The main page includes featured robots, images of each that users can tap to open and see its full page. The Play feature includes a Face Off game, with a question like: "Which robot dog would you rather take for a walk?" and two images of robots that users can tap to vote, then the percentage of users who agreed with that choice appears. The Learn section includes articles that describe robots in detail, probably above reading level for most kids.
Is it any good?
ROBOTS FOR IPAD takes the complex topic of robotics and packages in an interactive, fun way. Some of the information (especially the updated news and articles) is decidedly for teens or adults who lean toward wanting to know the high-minded engineering behind the images of the smiling, helpful robots. Thus, it might make the information more accessible if they included a section (or companion app) especially for kids. Still, just the photos and videos alone will help kids start to explore the world of robots that could pique a lifelong interest.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Science: engineering, electricity, motion, physics
- Skills: Creativity: innovation
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: December 5, 2012
- Category: Education
- Topics: Robots
- Size: 410.00 MB
- Publisher: Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers Inc
- Version: 1.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
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