JFK Challenge is a free app from The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. It is designed for school age kids to learn the history, particularly the two initiatives by JFK – The Peace Corps and The Space Program, via the combination of multimedia introductions and hands-on games.
To start the app, kids can set their own avatar with a picture of themselves. They will watch a brief introduction of John F. Kennedy and the two initiatives. Kids can then choose between the two missions to play. Each mission has 7 challenges. While kids going through the challenges with games, they learn what it takes to accomplish each mission.
For the Space Program, kids will learn to navigate, steer and land the spaceship; put the space suit on; launch Apollo 11; fly to the moon, land on the moon, and explore the moon.
For The Peace Corps, kids will learn a foreign language; practice digging and building; explore the world; build waterway; construct building; explore the village.
Each mission has an introduction video about the mission’s background and achievements. Each challenge also includes historical footages. Kids not only learn history, but also other related knowledge and skills, like science and culture. While exploring the world for Peace Corps, kids are shown a world map and told where they should go. They have to land the airplane at the right spot on the map to access the information for that country. When putting the spacesuit on piece by piece, kids learn the function of each part of the spacesuit, and why the astronauts need them. While visiting different countries with the Peace Corps, kids not only learn what the Peace Corps do, but also the local life in those countries.
Kids have to finish a challenge to unlock more challenges. What makes the app interesting is each time you go back to the challenge, there is something different, so kids are not easily bored even after repetitive plays. The user interface is clean and simple. Kids can easily navigate through the missions and challenges no matter where they are.
JFK Challenge is a fun app for kids to learn history, culture, science and more. It is available on iPad and it is free on App Store.
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