This is my Spacecraft – Rocket Science for Kids

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Suit up and journey through space at your own pace.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about space travel and the solar system. Through audio, text, and activities, kids learn a bit about what it's like to be an astronaut and travel through space. Kids can see the names of different parts of a rocket and spacecraft, learn about living without gravity, and find out what happens on a space station. A short overview of the solar system and each of its eight planets introduces kids to ideas of orbit, distance in space, and more. There's plenty in This is My Spacecraft - Rocket Science for Kids to give a good sense of how we explore space and inspire kids to learn more about what's out there.

Ease of Play

Navigation is easy, though some activities work better than others.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The Info menu advertises other apps from the same developer; a parent gate using simple multiplication blocks purchases.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that This is my Spacecraft - Rocket Science for Kids takes kids on a journey through space to learn about astronauts, rocket ships, the solar system, and more. For some of the activities, kids will need access to the device's camera and/or microphone. There can be a lot to read, not all of which has an accompanying audio track; younger kids might need help from a parent to access all the information. Parents can find a brief learning guide on the developer's website that also has some offline space-exploration-related craft ideas. Read the app's privacy policy to learn about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Kids start their journey with THIS IS MY SPACECRAFT - ROCKET SCIENCE FOR KIDS by choosing and dressing their astronaut. From there, swipe through six screens to explore rocket ships, shuttles, the solar system, animals who've been to space, and more. Tap around on each screen to read information or find activities. Kids can record their own countdown to blast off, guide a shuttle to land on a space station, or feed an astronaut in zero gravity. Progress through the journey is open-ended and self-guided.

Is it any good?

This self-guided space-exploration adventure has a good variety of information and some cool ways to interact. Especially for kids who are intrigued by everything space-related, it's a fun way to feel involved. Recording your own countdown to blast off or taking a picture of a friend to bring with you on your journey are some highlights. Though there's a decent mix of activities and ways to learn, much of the text is not entirely kid-friendly. For instance, there are often big words that aren't explained fully (such as "prevail" and "propulsion"). Also, the coverage tends to be on the lightly superficial side -- nothing delves too deeply into any particular topic. In terms of interactivity, one screen invites kids to put the astronaut in bed, but it's not clear how to get the pajamas on or unzip the sleeping bag. Yet, overall, there are enough fun ways to interact that kids should easily find it satisfying. And if parents help out with the text, kids will get even more out of their experience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what kids think about space and space travel. Why is space interesting? What do they think it would be like to be on a space ship? Can they imagine floating around in a zero-gravity environment?

  • Accompany kids on their space journey and learn with them as they explore. Help decode some of the more difficult text, and look things up when kids want to learn more. Go to your local library to look at books about space.

  • Encourage kids to be creative and dream big. Put on puppet shows, or help them write stories about space adventures.

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