Bobo is a delightful little robot who guides you through a book covering many topics relating to light. He is so cute that you will find yourself laughing along with him at times.
There is an in-app tutorial available. I found the tutorial to be short enough that you could remember everything they told you without being boring. The tutorial is a nice feature, but my kids didn’t bother with it and had no problem figuring out the app. The app has a table of contents which makes it easy to move around or to stop and start the app. A table of contents is a must for a book covering this many topics.
This app is recommended for kids 8-12. However, young or old can have fun moving Bobo around the screen or checking out all of the objects to touch on the screen. Due to it’s length, younger kids may get bored. It is not an app you can sit down and go through quickly. There are just too many things to see and do! The user can grow tomatoes, make a forest lush and green, play with lasers and holograms, to name just a few. The fun facts greatly enhance the learning experience. Such as, did you know “…that the sun’s storms are at their strongest in 2011 and 2012, so it’s good to look for auroras!” or “…Every invention has a patent, but most people go through their whole life without getting a patent”?
The developers have done a nice job using multiple methods to keep you engaged and entertained throughout the entire book. Besides the fun facts, holograms, and hands-on experiments that I’ve already mentioned, there are also short videos. I can still picture the one of the aurora borealis. It’s imagery was stunning!
The surprise at the end of the book is a great way to reward kids (adults, too) for completing the book! It’s a blast!
Bottom-line: Bobo Explores Light is an educational app like no other. If I had to choose one word to describe this app it would be awesome! Discover an app that takes iPad’s vast educational capabilities and turns them into a high-velocity joyride for kids.
From the award-winning app creator comes a title that takes fundamental scientific concepts for school-age children, and injects them with humor, astonishment and whimsy.
Hold a fully functional science museum in the palm of your hand!
• Interact with over 100 pages of original content, edited by a team of educators with decades of collective teaching wisdom
• Experience 21 in-depth topics including lasers, telescopes, lightning, reflection, bioluminescence, and sunlight
• Meet Bobo, your friendly robot companion
• Manipulate 3D holograms with your fingertips
• Engage in hands-on experimentation to build a deeper understanding of the concepts
• Explore supplementary videos, articles, animations and trivia designed to meet children at whatever learning level they feel most comfortable
The app’s stunning imagery, meticulous attention to detail, depth of content, and friendly humor will keep curious children and adults entertained, engaged, and inspired for days!