The Elements: A Visual Exploration

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Interactive periodic table is pricey but engaging.





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The table of contents is an animated periodic table where kids can click on any element to zoom in and learn more. Kids can swipe images to rotate them, and double-tap an image to blow it up so it can be viewed in true 3-D (if 3-D glasses are worn). Must be connected to the Internet to access the additional database.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Elements is a pricey but engaging interactive book designed to help kids learn more about the period table of elements. If kids want to learn beyond the one-page text summaries for each element, they can connect to the WolframAlpha technical database for further info and links, but only if the iPad is connected to the Internet.

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THE ELEMENTS is an electronic version of the popular hardcover book that lets kids explore the periodic table of elements by interacting with 500 high-resolution animated images that can be rotated and viewed in true 3-D (with glasses). Informative text summaries dole out factoids -- like that arsenic is used as both a paint pigment and rat poison, and that boron is the key ingredient in silly putty -- but not all information is accessible unless you're connected to the Internet. The app is also large and pricey, so parents might want to make sure there's more than just a passing interest in the subject matter before committing to the download.

App details

Release date:June 1, 2010
Publisher:Element Collection, Inc.
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.2 or later

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