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Nov 15, 2018 2018-11-15

Mobile Learning

App for Experimenting with Color and Sound

Sound Rebound is an offbeat experience of color and sound that invites students to create ricochets, bounces, or bumps to investigate seeing and hearing. The app, designed for iOS devices, invites users to move objects around the screen’s “play field” to experiment with color and sound. Students choose one of six play-field options, one of which is blank, and place eight different shapes anywhere in the space. Each shape has a unique property and moves differently. Students can change the color of objects, which changes their sounds, and they can toggle the play field from bounded (where balls bounce off the walls) to boundless (where balls can roll offscreen). The app also includes a “First Steps” tutorial to help students get started. Sound Rebound was created by the Exploratorium, a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. An “About” link on the main screen reveals a photo of children playing with the table game at the Exploratorium that inspired this app and that explores the same concepts of light and sound. Cost: Free

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