Sid's Science Fair

Common Sense Media says

Engaging app lets kids experiment, explore with TV faves.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app includes verbal and written instructions and is well-designed for the intended age range.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sid's Science Fair is an educational app based on the television show Sid the Science Kid on PBS Kids. In the app, kids learn about a variety of early science concepts at three different science stations. In Collection Inspection, kids closely examine a collection of butterflies, leaves, buttons, or other items with a magnifying glass. They try to spot three specific elements, as well as explore on their own. In Chart It, kids categorize and sort object by color, type, position, pattern, or other criterion. By placing items on a chart, it helps them visualize data. In Time Machine, kids choose from a large number of things to see in action. Kids first put a series of five pictures in chronological order, and then they get to see nine pictures of the same object in action. Kids tilt the device or run their fingers along a strip to see the change over time in both directions.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Math

  • patterns
  • sequences
  • counting
  • graphing

Science

  • substance properties
  • animals
  • ecosystems
  • plants

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • collecting data
  • making conclusions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Characters call students "scientists," immediately engage them in the activities and reminding them that science is for everyone.

Learning Approach

Interactive learning through three educational activities. Kids are prompted to find, identify, or organize objects, and they hear science vocabulary spoken, which includes detailed definitions.

Support

The recognizable, kind characters guide kids through each activity. Clear icons show how to navigate the app's pages, including a "?" icon for more information.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Math

  • patterns
  • sequences
  • counting
  • graphing

Science

  • substance properties
  • animals
  • ecosystems
  • plants

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • collecting data
  • making conclusions

Kids ages 3 to 6 can learn some of the basics for studying science, as well as some math skills with Sid's Science Fair. The games cover concepts and skills including classifying objects by color, size and more; identifying patterns; charting data (in a simple, age-appropriate way); sequencing; and counting practice. The app also explains some science-related vocabulary words. Sid's Science Fair gently teaches core science ideas and inspires young scientists in fun, effective ways.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

In Sid's Science Fair, the popular PBS Kids character and his friends ask kids to play around with their science exhibits at their school's interactive science fair. In "Collection Inspection," kids look for specific details in a collection of related objects; "Chart It" has kids chart objects in groups by a particular characteristic, such as color or type; and in the "Time Machine" game, kids sequence a series of related pictures (such as a snowman melting or flower growing) before viewing time-lapsed photos of the event.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

SID'S SCIENCE FAIR is an excellent interactive app for young kids to learn and practice science. The concepts taught are solid, and have plenty of room for exploration within the topics. Each of the app's three science stations offers plenty of variety to keep kids' interest, and kids who already enjoy the fun and educational Sid the Science Kid television show will love having their favorite characters guide them as they explore.

Families can talk about...

  • Find groups of things in your home (buttons, blocks, dry cereal) that have some similarities and some differences for your kid to categorize and chart. 

  • Challenge everyone in your household to a science fair and find out what experiments or collections everyone presents.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:September 17, 2011
Category:Educational Games
Size:47.60 MB
Publisher:PBS KIDS
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2.2 or later

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  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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