Tick Bait’s Universe is a wonderful children’s science app for iPad that truly puts the universe into perspective in a way that children can understand, appreciate and enjoy.
Starting out, this app introduces readers a chance to view an ordinary dog, Tick Bait one meter, roughly three feet overhead, as he lays on his back in a backyard typical of many homes. From here, one has a chance to explore the unseen in either direction, zooming in or out closer or further to Tick Bait by the power of ten.
In choosing to investigate Tick Bait closer, the view becomes 1/10 of a meter (about four inches) close to Tick Bait and from here one has a view of the ticks this dog is carrying. Getting still closer makes children aware of the even smaller dog mites that are commonplace – a version of this mite also living on human hosts as well.
Zooming in further reveals the dog mites’ cells, and later bacteria and the even smaller viruses as well as even DNA. The app discusses such topics as DNA sequencing and zooms down small enough to atoms, their protons, neutrons, electrons and even the smaller ““quarks which ends this section, as matter can’t be broken down into smaller pieces.
Viewing Tick Bait from higher and higher vantage points is equally impressive, detailing such principles as different levels found within the atmosphere as well as an interesting view of Tick Bait’s house, neighborhood and state in which he lives, pulling out to see the Earth as a whole, later in orbit with the other planets until Earth is seen as simply part of the Milky Way and beyond. It ultimately shows a representation of the entire observable universe, ending this section of this highly engaging and educational app.
Do note that one may want to be view this app in landscape mode to make the most of this application as here, both the images as well as text are available, whereas the image is only seen within portrait mode.
There is so much information to be read about within this thoughtfully conceived application. I admire the structure of this app because of the way that it delivers all the included information. It is as easy to follow as it is engaging – with an abundance of interesting facts as well as fun true or false questions that add related information about topics at hand.
I also admire how one can move back and forth between tenfold distances with the pinch or spreading of fingers, the tap of a button or the scrolling between sections, and I appreciate all the additional information found within this app along the way as well including much about scientific notations and the concept of the power of ten. Because of this, metric measurements are used here but are roughly translated to imperial measurements as well.
Although this app does not contain narration, wonderful sound effects really bring these different vantage points to life, with each sound element well chosen and effective in making this app really come alive, even when simply moving from one tenfold to another, as well as when readers know they have zoomed in and out as far as possible.
This is a perfect science application for older grade school children and beyond, and is an app that adults will genuinely enjoy as well.
Without narration, readers rely on themselves or an adult to read the included text, making this an app possibly not fully suitable for younger children, but with the aid of an adult, I think that bright, curious children as young as late preschool could enjoy this app if it is read to them by an encouraging adult.
I have greatly enjoyed Tick Bait’s Universe, This app is one of a kind and is a wonderful app for home as well as school settings. I am eager to see what other apps the developers at You University Apps may come up with next as this application is top-notch in every way.
Tick Bait's Universe
Developer: You University Apps
Released: 2012-02-07 00:00:00
Description from the Developer"Tick Bait is so inviting and so engaging that it just calls out for students to come and explore."
-- Lori Bracey 7th & 8th Grade Science Teacher, Southampton Intermediate School, New York
"This well-designed odyssey truly does put the universe at viewers’ fingertips."
-- Kirkus Reviews
For ages 7 to 70! - With this app, kids (and kids at heart) can easily zoom in and out to explore the universe. They can zoom up to see Earth’s atmosphere, our solar system, galaxies and beyond. They can also zoom down into the microscopic world to explore bacteria, viruses, DNA, atoms, protons and beyond.
The beautiful and kid friendly illustrations make these scientific concepts more accessible and less intimidating.
Educationally, Tick Bait’s Universe helps kids grasp complex scientific concepts. A proton is unimaginably small. A galaxy is unimaginably large. Children have a hard time relating to objects and scientific concepts that are so different from their everyday world. Tick Bait’s Universe helps kids understand the scale of objects in the universe and their own place in it. It also provides an environment to introduce many scientific concepts and facts that otherwise would remain abstract and hard for them to understand.
The result is an app that encourages a child’s natural curiosity about science without overwhelming him or her.