The Elements: A Visual Exploration
What parents need to know
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.
Is it any good?
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.