Science Fun to Go

Common Sense Media says

Repackaged material from kid author Seymour Simon's website.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

It's easy to navigate around the few features here. But kids do need to be able to read independently to use much of this site, even though a lot of the science information here is geared toward younger children.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

You have to buy the books to read them (up to $3.99 each at the time of this review), and for the Android version, the only way to buy them is to sign up on the site through Facebook and pay via PayPal. On iOS devices the books are available as in-app purchases.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

To read the books on this app, if you're on an Android device you'll first need to sign up by using your Facebook login.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Science Fun to Go is a free science app by Seymour Simon, a children's science book author. Much of the content here is cross-posted from his website SeymourSimon.com. There's a blog, jokes and riddles, and a "Fact or Fiction" quiz. You can purchase books through this app, but if you're on an Android device you'll have to log in to your Facebook account first, and then pay through Paypal. On iDevices the books are bought through an in-app purchase.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Science

  • ecosystems
  • geology
  • plants
  • weather
  • animals
  • astronomy
  • biology

Social Studies

  • exploration
  • global awareness
  • events

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • part-whole relationships

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Fairly engaging, but it could be moreso with some updates in graphics, some real interactivity, and more content suited to an older elementary school-age audience. 

Learning Approach

A science blog by science kids' book author Seymour Simon that kids can read is the main focus here, plus jokes, riddles, quizzes, and Simon's book sales. 

Support

It's easy to navigate around the few features, but kids need to be able to read independently or have info read to them by an adult. Purchasing Simon's books (as the app hopes you will) would extend the app's learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Science

  • ecosystems
  • geology
  • plants
  • weather
  • animals
  • astronomy
  • biology

Social Studies

  • exploration
  • global awareness
  • events

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • part-whole relationships

Kids can learn a little bit about a lot of different science-related topics on Science Fun to Go. There's some good basic science and nature information here -- from stories about glowing squid to space junk, volcanoes, and the Amazon -- and kids who can read will have a lot of information to absorb. By applying the information they read here, kids can discover how all of the cool topics to learn about in nature comprise the large educational field of science. Science Fun to Go may not be the most interactive app, but there's still a lot for kids to learn here.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Choose between the blog, jokes, bookstore, my books, videos, and "fact or fiction" categories, all listed at the bottom of the app's main screen. The blogs are updated with much more regularity than any other part of Science Fun to Go. There's a lot of content here, but not a lot of interactivity, and sometimes the videos and tap buttons are glitchy, so this app may take some patience. Otherwise, it's easy to navigate and presents a wide variety of science topics for kids to explore.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

SCIENCE FUN TO GO contains solid, interesting science information, although it's hard to discern what age group it's really targeting. For the most part, kids need to be independent readers to utilize most of this site. But a lot of the science information, jokes and riddles, and books the site is selling seem geared toward younger grade school-age kids who may or may not be able to read the large amounts of text here easily. A lot of the material here can also be found on Mr. Simon's website. Some videos on the app were glitchy and wouldn't play on our Android device during our review, and the process to purchase books on an Android device was somewhat clunky.

Families can talk about...

  • If your kid can't read well yet but is interested in science or a certain topic on the blog, read it to or with them.

  • Many kids love to tell jokes, so be sure to laugh along if your kid tells you some animal jokes they've read on this app.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:June 14, 2011
Category:Education
Size:5.30 MB
Publisher:SachManya
Version:2.0
Minimum software requirements:Android 1.6 and up, iOS 4.0 or later

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Parent of a 5 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 April 6, 2012
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science sucks

my son and i hate this app. i tried to teach him about science
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