Parents' Guide to

The Particle Adventure

By Chris Thomas, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Science site explains complex ideas, needs more engagement.

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The site presents mind-boggling information in a well-organized, straightforward way. Great analogies help kids (and parents) make sense of things; for example, string theory compares the motion of a person on a tightrope (one dimension) with a flea on the same rope (two dimensions). The authors clearly note when topics they mention will be further elaborated on later. Cute puns (put your mouse on the elephant) also help lighten dense topics. The text importantly draws attention to how scientists "know what we know" and what unanswered questions remain. Overall, The Particle Adventure is geared toward advanced kids and adults, but even this audience could benefit from more opportunities to interact. Directly coordinated "hands-on" activities, interviews with scientists, animated visualizations, and interactive games all could increase engagement and accessibility. But for science-minded users, this site could explain a lot of mysteries of the universe.

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