PBS launches science app


It’s based on their series “Sid the Science Kid” from The Jim Henson Company and it’s the latest addition to PBS Kids’ suite of educational apps for iPhone and iPod touch. The app encourages children ages 3 to 6 to explore and experience science. Sid’s Science Fair supports PBS Kids’ focus on STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.

The app includes three mini-games that build science and math skills:

•Gabriela’s “Collection Inspection”: Choosing from several different exploration environments, children discover patterns in natural objects using an interactive magnifying glass.

•May’s “Chart It!”: Children use charts to explore a set of objects and then organize ten objects on a chart according to a shared trait, such as color, shape and orientation.

•Gerald’s “Time Machine”: Children explore how different objects – from food to plants – change over time. They first order the events in sequence, and then the events form into a timeline that players can move forward and backward in time to see the transformation.

It’s available for $2.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.