EverythingMachine, Tinybop’s first maker app, empowers children aged 9–11 to build anything they can imagine, using the hardware and sensors already on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. In this award-winning app, students use a simple visual programming language to combine the device’s camera, microphone, speakers, gyroscope, and screen to make a light, a stop-motion camera, a kaleidoscope, a voice disguiser, a cookie thief catcher, or anything else they can think of! Students can also connect devices to talk with friends in secret codes, add logic gates and routers to build more complex machines, and then save all their inventions. Cost: $2.99
With the new Mission to Marsapp for iOS, users can drive a rover, walk the Martian surface, and play robot geologist, all in augmented reality. The Mission to Mars appoffers seven experiences, starting with an overview of Martian geography.
A generation of children grew up playing settlers heading west on the Oregon Trail. They remember it mostly for the moment their party died of dysentery. Now, a new spin on the wagon train game focuses on more accurately representing Native Americans and includes new storylines and playable Native American characters.