Britannica Kids – Solar System
- Reviewer: Hengtao Tang
- Description: Britannica Kids: Solar System is an interactive encyclopedia about our solar system where kids drag and tap their fingers to browse pages of information, look at pictures, and watch videos using a pop-up scroll wheel. In addition, this creative app wins Silver Award Winner from E-Learning for ‘Best Use of Mobile Learning. The app is created by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc and its newest version is 2.1 that is updated on Oct. 18th, 2011. It requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Link: https://itunes.apple.com/mu/app/britannica-kids-solar-system/id413282398?mt=8
- Cost: $6.99
- Review: Britannica Kids: Solar System allows kids aging from 4-17 to learn all about the solar system through a broad range of materials that cover the physical properties of the sun, moon, planets, asteroids, and comets, and also physics concepts such as gravity and space, as well as a brief history of astronomy and space exploration. This app encourages self-study, memorization, and academic development through quizzes that test kids on what they’ve learned, and that are timed and scored so kids can strive to improve. Britannica Kids: Solar System is well adapted for K-12 science class and this app complements a budding interest in astronomy, with jumping-off points into astronomy, geology, and the solar system to explore those subjects in more detail. Text info is well balanced with colorful images, photographs, and videos for an engaging multimedia experience. Kids get feedback on what they’ve learned by taking quizzes, which encourages them to master the information.