Solar Walk - 3D Solar System model

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Beautifully illustrated, interactive model of solar system.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn interesting information about the planets, moons, stars, asteroids, and comets. They also can tap to read about satellite missions and other space-exploration events. There's even an interactive atlas for Earth and Mars, so kids can view surface features on these planets. A series of animated video clips teach kids about space-related topics including Earth's moon's phases, Earth's cycles, tidal phenomena, and zodiacal constellations. Impressive graphics and animations, plus a wealth of information about the solar system, make this a good science reference tool.

Ease of Play

The basic functions are easy to use: Rotate the model and zoom in and out with the touchscreen. Buttons allow you to "fly" to a celestial body, and an information button opens up a detailed description. However, there are no instructions or a help screen, and the tutorial video is outdated.

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There are several easily accessible links to make in-app purchases. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Solar Walk - 3D Solar System model is an interactive, educational tool that teaches kids about the solar system. The stunning 3-D graphics and animated videos are impressive, and kids will enjoy "flying" through space to get an up-close view of the planets, moons, and stars. The 3-D mode is pretty cool, but kids need special cyan/red glasses to view the screen. Parents should note that there are several opportunities to make in-app purchases, and it's easy for kids to access email and social media. 

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What's it about?

SOLAR WALK – 3D SOLAR SYSTEM MODEL contains a wealth of information about our solar system, presented as a 3-D model that can be rotated and on which kids can zoom in. When kids select a planet, a comet, or an asteroid, a button appears that lets kids "fly" to that object and get more detailed facts about it. There also is a date and time displayed on the screen, which can be set to the current date and time or adjusted to see where the planets will be at any particular time in the future or where they were in the past. Eight animated videos teach kids even more about the solar system.

Is it any good?

Solar Walk - 3D Solar System model is a fun way for kids to explore outer space. The graphics alone make the investment worthwhile, and the videos do an excellent job of explaining difficult concepts by using animations and text support. The information sections about the planets are a bit text-heavy, but the accompanying fun facts and diagrams help keep things interesting. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they're learning with the app. Explore one topic at a time, and then quiz each other. 

  • Visit a planetarium together if possible, or search for fun solar system games online. 

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