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The Elements: A Visual Exploration

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Interactive periodic table is pricey but engaging.

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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

  • Device: iPad
  • Release date: June 1, 2010
  • Category: Books
  • Publisher: Element Collection, Inc.
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  • Minimum software requirements: OS 3.2 or later
  • Last updated: August 23, 2016

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