What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that through GPS technology, this virtual Star Chart identifies for you exactly what you can find in the sky on any given day or night. All you have to do is point your Android device to an area of the sky and watch the app calibrate. For example, is that really the Big Dipper that you're looking at? Point the phone up to that area of the sky and see if the app confirms your guess. Point it down and you'll find out what people on the other side of the globe are seeing at the same moment. A revolutionary way to stargaze and learn about our galaxy.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Beautiful star map will be a hit with students. Augmented reality makes nighttime stargazing an interactive experience and daytime "armchair" astronomy come to life. Star lovers will take quickly to the map, but other kids may need support.
A help page within the app offers technical support, but there's no "how to" or other help menu option. Still, the experience is largely intuitive for tech-savvy kids, and the touch interface is pretty easy to use.
What's it about?
STAR CHART turns anyone into an amateur astronomer. When kids point their Android device to the sky, the app accurately shows all visible stars and planets in the skies above the northern and southern hemispheres, as well as the 88 constellations and "exotic deep sky objects." Kids can then tap to learn more about the objects they're viewing. As long as your mobile device's GPS is enabled, kids can explore the heavens, day or night, above or below the horizon -- and learn a lot in the process.
Is it any good?
Who needs a telescope? The sky's unlimited for STAR CHART, the pocket-size answer for the young and old astronomers of the world. This is of the best-selling smartphone astronomy apps for good reasons. There's so much to explore here, including the names and beautiful illustrations of constellations laid over the actual images of stars, plants, and other "exotic deep sky objects." This app creates a beautiful image of the sky and helps even young children get a better idea of what's going on up there. Worth every penny.
Families can talk about...
How many constellations can you and your kid name without using the app? Go outside on a starry night, name them, and have your kid use the app to check your answer.
Once you and your kid identify some constellations, dig into the mythology behind their names for a fun ancient history lesson.