What's In Space?

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Astronomical amount of info for young space enthusiasts.

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

Educational Value

Space exploration, astronomy, engineering, gravity. Applying information, part-whole relationships, solving puzzles.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. Info accessible to kids who aren't yet fluent readers. Activities have clear instructions and purpose; a few require reading.

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A "more apps" icon on the main screen leads users to view the developer's other apps. App Store access is parent-gate protected.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that What's In Space? introduces kids to the basics of our solar system, space travel, and more. The app's activities and games, images from space, and narrated information help kids learn about how astronauts travel to space, what life is like on the International Space Station (astronauts have to tie themselves to their beds to sleep!), and basic information about planets and other celestial bodies. While most information on What's In Space is narrated, some games require basic reading skills. The repetitive background music may become bothersome after a while; it can be turned off in settings. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To play WHAT'S IN SPACE? tap on one of four main topics: Live in Space, Travel to Space, Solar System, or The Sky. Tap Live in Space and a choose from seven options (astronauts, solar panels, spacesuits, space station, Soyuz spaceship, gravity, or artificial satellites) to learn more. View the image and listen to the narrator provide a brief audio explanation of what you're viewing. Tap in the upper left corner of the Live in Space main page and choose activities to complete, such as naming all the parts of a spacesuit (drag and drop words);  identifying all the elements in a satellite; and helping an astronaut "fix" the space station. Each of the four main topic areas include activities specific to that subject.

Is it any good?

This app has a lot of kid-friendly information about space presented in fun, engaging ways. What's In Space? combines educational info -- presented through real images and brief explanations -- with games and activities. Kids will likely play numerous sessions on this app and continue to learn about space, while also honing academic skills by applying information that they've learned. Some games are more challenging than others; a few require little thinking but are still engaging due to the cute animated scenes and characters. Because there's just enough reading required without too much to overwhelm newly fluent readers, it's best for kids who can read, although younger and older kids at different reading levels can also enjoy this app.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how What's In Space? combines games and activities with real images and information. Encourage your kid to listen to the brief -- but information-packed -- narration that accompanies the images.

  • Talk about the app's use of cute, animated characters. Do cats really use telescopes and drive spaceships? Why do you think the app developer included those animations? What fun, imaginative animations would you include if you could add some to the app?

  • If your kid is interested in learning about the big stuff like space and our own planet, check out Common Sense Media's list of Global Awareness Apps, Games, and Websites.

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