A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about Earth's layers, states of matter, and evolutionary adaptations. Each topic is presented with a short video that is cleverly narrated and includes some rudimentary, yet effective, demonstrations. After watching a video, kids can try an activity, which is called a "creative challenge." Kids will enjoy taking photographs for two of the challenges, but the connection between interacting with the app and learning is weak. Rough Science has potential, but the activities are basic, lack progression, and can be done without using the app.
Ease of Play
Command buttons are easy to use, and written instructions are clear.
Products & Purchases
There's a link to get a free teacher handbook, which takes users to the app store. At the time of this review, the link did not work, and the handbook could not be found in the app store.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rough Science is an educational tool that exposes kids to Earth, physical, and life science topics. Overall, the product is extremely basic. There are three brief videos, and each includes a follow-up activity. The videos are informative, and the narrator is entertaining. However, the activities are not impressive and can easily be done without using the app.
Is It Any Good?
Rough Science has potential, and kids will enjoy watching the videos. The content is presented in an engaging and age-appropriate way, and the narrator's humor makes science seem less intimidating for kids who struggle. Unfortunately, there isn't much substance to the follow-up activities, and kids don't get to interact much with the app. Parents who are looking for a strong connection to learning likely will be disappointed.
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