Star Walk

LQ: 9.1

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Brain grade: 8.4
Fun score: 9.8

Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

Star Walk is an in-depth augmented reality app for exploring the stars. Star Walk uses GPS to pinpoint the location of users, and super-imposes an astrological map over the sky above them as they point their mobile device upwards in different directions. This app also includes the “Time Machine” feature which allows users to see what the sky above looks like at different times of the year. There are some light social features available as well, enabling users to easily share their discovered constellations with others via Facebook, Twitter, or other networking sites. Star Walk is both entertaining and academic in use, and is good for children of who want to explore their curiosity about the stars and space. Star Walk contains no inappropriate content is very easy to use, making it recommend for use with ages 4 and up.


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THIS APP IS GOOD FOR KIDS WHO NEED HELP WITH:

Flexibility

Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Star Walk is a complex app with a variety of tools. While the basic features are very user friendly, to get the most out of this app your child will need to explore the available tools and know when to use them. Star Walk allows them to not only explore the universe but also catalogue and share information about various constellations from the present and the past. Users will also gain a new perspective of the world around them as they discover the history of various stars, planets, and satellites.

Focus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

Star Walk encourages your child to take the time to appreciate the smallest details of the universe. At a closer glance, your child will discover that what he thought was a star is actually an entire galaxy. With some extra effort, he will be able to memorize local constellations and find them in the sky even without the app. Because of the amount of constellations in Star Walk's database, he will need to Focus when he uses Star Walk in order to discover key information and details about whatever section of the galaxy he is discovering. Without Focus, the amount of information within Star Walk may become overwhelming.

Science

Outer space is a vast, infinitely expanding landscape, and as such can be difficult to comprehend for both children and adults alike. Star Walk helps bring the stars closer to home, as it places the enormous nature of the universe in the palm of your hand. The app can give your child a clearer perspective of stars, detailing their size, movement and locations, as well as revealing the various patterns that make up the multitude constellations. Star Walk will be a fantastic resource for any astronomy unit in his science classes and is useful for many projects and presentations he may have to create.

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