Science Heroes: Digestive System for Kids
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Science Heroes: Digestive System for Kids aims to teach young learners about the digestive system, offering options in English or Spanish. A video reviews key concepts and vocabulary, and it includes colorful animations that will engage kids. Leveled games challenge kids to protect different parts of the digestive system by completing missions such as chomping food particles and blasting harmful substances. However, the focus on learning gets somewhat lost. Brief quizzes are given between game levels, but kids are likely to spend more time trying to blast the enemy than learning about the digestive system. Users can try a free version of the app, which includes one game level. The full, paid version includes five levels.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will enjoy watching the video animations and playing the games. The challenge of unlocking levels is a great motivator.
Learning content is thin; a video is the primary source of content, with two-question quizzes given between game levels. Kids likely will focus more on shooting objects than on learning about the digestive system.
Users can request a learning guide in the parents' section. Audio and text are available in English and Spanish, and kids get instant feedback in the quizzes.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
Kids will enjoy the video and the challenging missions in Science Heroes: Digestive System for Kids. The colorful characters and animations are engaging, and the science content is presented at an age-appropriate level. Quizzes between game levels attempt to reinforce learning, but they are so staggered that kids may have a hard time recalling the information. On a positive note, feedback for incorrect answers is provided, so kids can learn from their mistakes.
Although the graphics are well done and the missions are fun and engaging, kids are probably not going to spend most of their time learning about the digestive system. Instead, they likely will focus on shooting at targets in hopes of advancing to the next level.
Families can talk about...
Search for diagrams of the digestive system and talk with kids about the processes that occur in each structure.
While watching the video, pause it as needed so kids can jot down key terminology. Then have them create an illustrated glossary.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad|
|Price:||Free ($4.99 full version)|
|Pricing structure:||Free to Try (To unlock the full game, you'll pay $4.99 via in-app purchase.)|
|Release date:||November 12, 2013|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 6.0 or later|