NSF Science (used to be Science 360) is a FREE, high-quality science app published by the National Science Foundation (NSF). It has a wealth of information about science around us. Users can download and share spectacular science images and videos from NSF and institutions funded by NSF. All the contents are updated weekly, so you always get the most recent development of science and technology.
When you open the app, you get this scrollable 360 degree sphere that is made of thumbnails of various science photos and videos. You tap on any of the thumbnails to bring up the full-size photo/video and a small article explaining what the photo/video is about. There are hundreds of different photos/videos, and they are updated weekly.
The topics cover a wide range of science areas. Some example topics I found: “Making waves, Saving lives”, “Creeping, Crawling Caterpillars”, “Chance discoveries: Cellophane”, “Hockey Geometry – Science of NHL Hockey”, profile of scientists, such as Biogeoscientist, Biophysical chemist, and Marine Biologist.
If you tap the app with two fingers, you will bring up “tags”, “news”, “saved”. When you tap “tags”, you open up a list of subjects and you can pick any subjects interest you. The “news” section is the science news that is updated weekly. The “saved” are the photos/videos you liked.
This is a great app that brings a broad range of current science right at your fingertip. The interface design is intuitive and encourages curiosity and exploration. Kids will interact with the brightest mind and interesting work in science, most can be related to their daily life. The vocabulary is quite “scientific” and high level, kids younger than 9 may have difficulty to understand.
You can share photos or videos you like on Facebook or Twitter, only if you connect the app to a Facebook or Twitter account. If you are concerned about this, make sure don’t make the connection.
The app will function via wifi or 3G. If you are at a place without wifi, it will use 3G, which means will use your data plan. If you know you are reaching your data limit, you want to stop the app till you find wifi.
It is only available for iPAD. It is FREE at App Store.
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