Stack the States, by Dan Russell-Pinson, is a fabulous educational app! We first noticed this terrific app, back in early October 2010 while introducing students to the iPad. After watching children of all different ages and abilities, react with total focus and lots of laughter, we were convinced this app was a winner! This game combines sound educational material with an incredible "gaming" sense. Dan has developed a fun learning game that uses some of the best mobile features - interaction and manipulation. Besides learning about the 50 states through answering basic questions, this app requires critical thinking skills as well. Your brainpower is tested in your ability to stack your states successfully. Dan says it best, "The object of the game is fairly simple. You are asked various questions about the 50 states including capitals, state shapes, abbreviations, bordering states, location on the map and even nicknames. If you choose the correct state, you get to actually pick it up, move it, rotate it and place it wherever you want. Your goal is to carefully create a stack of states that reaches the checkered line." The laws of gravity and physics play an integral role in how the states react to being stacked. Will you get three large states that are easily stacked and reach the checkered line right off the bat? Or, will you get a slew of smaller states that don't stack easily and fall down, collapsing the tower? Perhaps they'll tumble off the platform completely! Our favorite feature is how all the states are scaled to size. This reference helps students to begin to recognize the various shapes and sizes of each state as they build configurations by moving, rotating, and placing each state in a stack. Stack the States is incredibly pleasing to the eye and has relevant photo backgrounds that change as you move through the levels. Stack the States has filled a void in the average child's education – geography - and done it splendidly!
Written by Jayne Clare
Jayne Clare is dedicated to being in the forefront of the ever-changing digital landscape. She has been working directly with students and startups and recognizing what works and what doesn’t, along with the why behind both. Jayne co-founded Teachers With Apps in 2011.