Sid’s Science Fair

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Nature, Graphing, Charting, Shapes, Sorting & Categorizing

What we like best:

The timeline photography game gives kids a completely new perspective on events like melting ice, rotting tomatoes and space shuttle launches.

What you should know:

There aren't many downsides, but you can never have too much of a good thing—and this app could use a few more options within each activity.
Full Review:

Don't be fooled by the name—this app isn't just for little Einsteins and experiment-obsessed science lovers. In fact, activities focusing on color and shape recognition, graphing, sorting and categorizing give this app a mathematical boost.

Kids will recognize Sid the Science Kid from the popular PBS series. Follow Sid as he makes a virtual loop around the science fair, stopping at various projects and inviting users to take a closer peek. Get up close and personal with nature in “Collection Inspection,” using a magnifying glass to find and match minute details of shells, leaves, mushrooms, butterflies, bugs and more. Challenge budding scientists to tackle common characteristics of objects in “Chart It,” grouping them according to color, shape, position or size. “Time Machine” prompts children to order snapshots in sequence before reviewing events using a photographic timeline to watch an ice cube melt or a volcano erupt.

Setup is a snap, while Sid's step-by-step instructions make independent play easy and intuitive. Combining a lovable cartoon character with sound science makes this innovative app a must-have for any interactive library.

Reviewed 2012-10-14 on iPad iOS6 by Tia Benjamin

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