Saturday, October 1, 2016

Enriching Education: Blue Apprentice

Blue Apprentice  is a science education game for kids. As a math teacher with two young daughters who loves math and science, I was excited to get a chance to review this game. The game was developed to correspond with Next Generation Science Standards, and has a fun animated game play.

The game can be payed on desktop or iPad. Chrome is recommended (it worked on Firefox but not as smoothly) as are iPads with retina display (I would assume so the animation is sharper).

My girls are six and nine and both of them loved it. It seemed to work best when they played together; my six-year-old doesn't play video games as well, but she was still able to understand the concepts. When I talked to them after playing, they were still able to articulate some of the things they'd learned or discovered while playing. My nine-year-old loves science, so for her it wasn't as much learning as reinforcing and presenting in a fun way, as well as strengthening science literacy skills like discovery and observation.

The dialogue and questions in the game help keep kids engaged, and gameplay is intuitive, so they won't be frustrated by the mechanics of the game. You can get a free trial, so check it out and see if you like it!

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