Meet Science: Light and Sound is the newest in NCSOFT’S Science Series for elementary students. It follows the same comprehensive format as in the first of their series: Meet Science: Magnetism and Electricity. Read TWA’s review here. Follow the antics of the crew as you explore the workings of sight and sound. The vibe of the app is like stepping into an episode of “Myth Busters” or other crazy fun science shows, and will be certain to grab the attention of kids with their great graphics, activities, and games. There are four sections in the app: Learn, Experiment, Glossary, and Mini Games. Let’s follow our leaders – an animated electron and proton, and the wonderful professor himself who has a likeness to Albert Einstein, and see what this app is all about.
In Learn, there are three lessons each for the science of sound and light. Each lesson is quite comprehensive and explains a different concept. Did you know that sound doesn’t travel in a vacuum? Yep, you can holler all you want in outer space, and no one can hear it! Or, that in the concave side of a spoon held at arm’s length, that you appear upside down, and bringing it in closer will put you right side up but make you appear larger?
Thirteen experiments accompany the lessons, and these experiments are what make Meet Science 2: Light and Sound, rock. Most of the experiments can be conducted with everyday found objects in a school or home and are loads of fun. NCSOFT has nailed it with these off screen experiments in helping to reinforce the lessons.
Also included is an extensive Glossary that not only defines terms used in the lessons, but are really mini lessons in and of themselves. Included are terms used explained in more detail, highlights from scientists in the study of light and sound, and what is called the Aha section, where topics such as “Can we really make a lightsaber?” And “All about Harry Potter’s Cloak of Invisibility.”
Test your skills and knowledge by playing games experimenting with Waves, Color, and Light. The Mini Games are not the easiest to win, and kids really need to have learned the concepts taught in the lessons and apply their understanding to win games. I applaud NCSOFT for their thoughtful game construction. They are just the perfect blend of silliness and practical use of science that take these games past the level of edutainment.
In summary, Meet Science 2: Light and Sound, is one fantastic Science app for older elementary students, giving hours of learning and interactive play. The off screen experiments are outstanding and make the lessons stick. This would be a great app to introduce at a science club, or other extracurricular activity groups as an ongoing 6 week or more curriculum. This is one app that is packed with content that is well thought out. Every aspect is geared to its intended audience and their user’s experience. Highly Recommended.
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years, and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play everyday; so that “her kids” grow up to be healthy independent learners.