Star Walk Kids: Astronomy Game

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Stroll through the sky with kid-friendly astronomy tool.

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age 6+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn about stars (including star patterns, or constellations), planets, and spacecraft such as Hubble and the International Space Station. They also can use the virtual planetarium to view real-time locations of these objects in the sky, which encourages kids to freely explore space anywhere at any time. There are several animations and audio explanations that teach kids facts about space, and users can easily access these features at any time. Some narrations are quite brief, but this seems appropriate given the target age of most users. An assessment or game would be a great way for kids to apply what they learn. Star Walk Kids is a solid resource for kids just beginning to wonder about the starry skies. 

Ease of Play

Navigation is clean and simple, although some kids may need some practice figuring out how to manipulate the device when viewing the sky. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Star Walk Kids - Astronomy for Children is a virtual planetarium and education tool that teaches kids about constellations and celestial bodies. Kids can stargaze by pointing their devices toward the sky. The built-in gyroscope follows kids' movements and creates a map of the sky based on their locations. Friendly narrators and short animations teach kids interesting facts about space. 

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Grandparent of a 5 year old Written byChaz Margarita C. October 10, 2016

Большая пердеть собаки

Великий мой KOD любит он играет все время это и хорошо в холодной суровой зимней ночью, но его Alright люди мира из спокойной ночи

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What's it about?

STAR WALK KIDS - ASTRONOMY FOR CHILDREN has a pretty simple layout. The main screen is the virtual planetarium, which is essentially a built-in gyroscope that, when the device is pointed toward the sky, matches the map on the screen to the stars seen from a users' location. Kids can tap on a dial in the top-right corner to rotate the screen clockwise or counterclockwise. A compass in the bottom-right corner helps kids find north, and a tap-able icon in the top-left corner gives kids access to facts about space. A menu has four categories: planets, stars, constellations, and "extra," which incudes information about Hubble and the International Space Station. 

Is it any good?

STAR WALK KIDS - ASTRONOMY FOR CHILDREN is a fun, engaging way for kids to explore the night sky. The graphics are appealing to young astronomers, and the information is very kid-friendly. It's a lot of fun to point a device toward the sky and know that the stars that appear on the screen are mapped out from the actual sky. There's a lot of bang for your buck with this great resource, but an assessment or a quiz could make it even better. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about taking the device outside at night and comparing what they see in the sky to what the device maps out on the screen. 

  • Families can talk about constellations and some of the stories that go along with them. It could be fun to read more about them online or in books. 

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