A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about space travel and growing plants under microgravity conditions. Although moving through the space station in "zero-g" is initially difficult, it's a great experience for kids and helps them understand one of the many challenges astronauts face. With video clips, educator guides, and lesson plans, kids can learn about zero gravity, plant growth, lunar travel, and conducting experiments as they manipulate variables.
Ease of Play
It takes a bit of time to master the navigation controls, and more help when kids get stuck would ease possible frustration.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This clever app is a wonderful way for kids to explore life aboard the International Space Station and learn the importance of growing food in space. Tasks and rewards keep kids motivated to reach the end goal. Each task is clearly explained in text and audio, and accessing support materials is as easy as tapping a link. It's frustrating at times to navigate through the station under zero gravity while searching for supplies, and a little more help when kids are floating around unsure how to proceed would keep them on track. Also, the audio can be a bit glitchy. Overall, however, Space Science Investigations: Plant Growth offers an excellent combination of space science, life science, and experimental design -- all for free!
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