Parents' Guide to

Spongelab

By Emily Pohlonski, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Science community shows real promise despite tech glitches.

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Spongelab provides interactive simulations, videos, and images all with the honest aim of teaching kids science with a host of multimedia content. It's got its heart in the right place, but it seems that for every good quality, there's something the site could improve on. Some games, like Biochem Gems, appear flashy and fun at first glance but ultimately aren't so intuitive and don't have that much learning value. Other activities, like the supercool Genomics Digital Lab, show promise but are slow to load (plus, kids have to navigate through several menus to play). Build-a-Cell has great graphics but isn't that fun; you simply drag and drop images into a cell. Knowledge Mine lets you answer biology trivia questions, but there's a technical glitch that causes the images to block the answer button. Frustrating! If Spongelab could fix all these annoying little bugs, they'd have an outstanding science resource on their hands.

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