Designed for the iPad and iPhone, Tinybop’s The Robot Factory app lets children create, test, and collect robots. They can build with exoskeletons, zephyr mechanisms, hydrostatic tentacles, machinos locomotors,G-Force mixers, and more.
They can make any robot they can imagine—robot cats, robot samurais, robot
spies—from 100 parts. They can record their own robot sounds and test their
robots to see if they will walk, run, hop, dance, and fly. They can try out
physics-driven robot parts in real-world situations and swap them out for
different results. Each child can create and save their robots in their
showroom and keep an eye on them, day or night. There are no in-app purchases
or third-party advertising. The Robot Factory Technical Manual,
in the app or on Tinybop’s website, provides a code of ethics and details about
robot parts, gizmos, and tools. Cost:
Now with Apple ARKit, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar can be brought to life in the real world. Through an augmented reality experience, children can watch their own Very Hungry Caterpillar appear in their classroom, on a kitchen table, in a garden, on their playground, or anywhere else they want to play with it.
Three new early-literacy apps have been released for free by a team in the Harvard Graduate School of Education and its Reach Every Reader initiative. The apps are designed for parents and caregivers to use with their children to encourage fun and rewarding interactions, promote dialogue, and give children the foundations they need to read, learn, and thrive.