The History of Science is anything but boring with Scott Dubois’ Shout Science. This app presents the biographies of three Scientists who made history during the Scientific revolution. These are not your regular narratives though. Each person and their work comes alive in an interactive comic strip.
On opening the app kids will find an interactive map and timeline, where they can find the featured scientists.
Currently there are three biographies that kids can explore by tapping the scientist’s homeland on the map or the date of their discoveries. From here you can choose to Open the Story or learn more with More Info. Current available scientists are:
- James Hutton and his Geological observations and theories.
- Maria Sibylla Merian, a Nature artist and entomologist.
- Anton Van Leeuwenhoek and his development of the first microscopes to observe organisms such as Bacteria and Protozoa.
The entertaining comic strips are presented vertically, so you slide up and down to move to the next page, instead of left and right. The parts of the story the reader is able to interact with on a page is shown with a flashing circle. Words that may be difficult to pronounce are shown with an exclamation point. The reader can tap these words and they will be read aloud for them.
I would recommend this app for Grade 2 and up. History and Science fans will love the well researched facts and clever cartoon diagrams. The app would also be a great resource for practicing reading comprehension with students who prefer non fiction topics. Students that might usually consider Scientific history less than exciting, will be pleasantly surprised to find that the stories are really brought to life. Parents, as well, will enjoy reading it with their children, not only because they might learn something too but also for the discussions it is likely to fuel.
The timeline appears have been set up so that future stories can be added to the app. We look forward to seeing more scientists being made into comic book characters!
Shout Science is available on iPAD, and is FREE on App Store.
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