Incidental Science Blog #2

"Screen time" is now a phrase every parent utters - whether you use screens to distract, entertain or reward, your child is growing up in a world bursting to the brim with technology. Taking advantage of something that we realistically can't fully control, means researching.

 

I've spent some time looking for good quality, apps that focus on physics education for kids. I've even played them all (what an awful job I have).

 

One thing to note is that if you get a free app, you pay in ads - make sure you don't have your credit card details etc. saved on your device or even create a specific user for your child with parental controls so you don't end up with fun "surprises" on your bills.

 

Feel free to comment below with some other science apps that you'd recommend.

 

- World of Goo

 

 

Price: $4.99

Ages: 8+

Available Platforms: iPad + iPhone + Android

 

Links:

Apple 

Android 

 

Description: World of Goo is a physics based puzzle / construction game. The millions of Goo Balls who live in the beautiful World of Goo don't know that they are in a game, or that they are extremely delicious.

 

- Inventioneers

 

 

Price: $4.49 for the full version and free for the demo

Age: 9+

Available Platforms: iPad + iPhone + Android

 

Links:

Apple 

Android 

 

Description: Inventioneers is a physics engineering game that requires kids to design, test, and revise until they succeed. Kids must use given tools and helpers to create an invention that will meet each challenge and help a special character. Kids press play to see their inventions in action. If it fails, they can try again. A "Create" mode allows kids to create and share their own inventions.

 

- Cut the Rope 2

 

 

Price: $0.99 (there is also a demo version for free)

Age: 7+

Available Platforms: iPhone + iPad + Android

 

Links:

Apple 

Android

 

Description: Cut the Rope 2 is a sequel to the wildly popular physics-based puzzle game. Players still cut dangling ropes to get the candy to protagonist Om Nom while attempting to collect as many stars as possible, but they're aided (and confounded) by new characters, adding further depth. There are plenty of levels, making the game a bargain. 

 

- Where’s My Water? 2

 

 

Price: Free (Disney ads)

Age: 10+ for second version, first version 7+

Available Platforms: iPhone + iPad + Android

 

Links:

Apple 

Android 

 

Description: Where's My Water? 2 is the follow-up to the successful casual puzzle game, tasking players to clear obstructions from a sewer system to delivery water or steam to Swampy the Alligator and his family. Like the original, the characters are charming and the game is played out in a cartoon style.

 

Geni McCallum is the Marketing Manager and Community Educator for Science Alive! She lives in Christchurch with her partner, step-daughter and cat. 

 

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Science Alive!