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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.
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.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Science: astronomy
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: investigation, memorization
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: November 14, 2013
- Category: Education
- Topics: Science and Nature
- Size: 233.00 MB
- Publisher: Vito Technology
- Version: 2.2.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
- Last updated: August 16, 2016
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