Finding science education software that kids want actually want to play and one that delivers can be a daunting task. It almost takes enough research to write your own thesis! Fear not, because the creative coders at Springbay Studios have brought fun and science together in an app like no other.
If you are looking for a fun and easy way to learn more about wetlands, then iBiome-Wetland delivers. Its hands-on approach brings the biome experience to you and your children, allowing players to design and explore three types of wetlands.
- Place up to 50 species of plants and animals in three separate wetland habitats
- Grow your wetlands successfully to earn badges
- Problem-solving and experiential situations that teach biological concepts
- Biodome design, development and maintenance
- Learn about ecosystems, energy and dynamics
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While virtual, the app brings as much hands-on experience to users as possible, driving them far into the concepts and ideals that are the foundation of a wetland biome. It challenges students on several fronts: how to design and build three different types of biodomes that support three different types of ecosystems.
Factors to consider include environmental factors identification, the distinction between producers and consumers, and an understanding of the predator and prey relationship. The app allows users to experiment with the different population balances to see how increasing one or decreasing another affects a small area or an entire biodome.
Visual learners can use the web diagrams that are teeming with information about relationships between the various plants and animals that exist in the biodomes, making the presentation and mastery of concepts that much easier.
Primary interaction in the app involves an exercise requiring format matching. Plants, animals and environmental aspects float on the screen and users are then required to drag them to their appropriate category area. When these floaters disappear, you lose that round, so in some ways, this app does require a bit of attentiveness.
While some adults might find this a fun app to have, the bulk of applicability would go towards older elementary and middle school students. The app helps bring life to concepts discussed in textbooks, in a way that no lab could offer; because let’s face it, we all don’t live near swamps. The interactive exercises put students into the realm firsthand, forcing them to answer questions, make decisions and understand why those decisions need to be made.
Requiring a small purchase makes this app child friendly, allowing for no outside advertisements or in-app purchases. A parent section educates parents on the benefits of the app and how best to extract maximum value. It focuses on its mission to make biome education easy to access and even easier to grasp and command.
If your student is needing help with biomes, this app can help fill those gaps and help make the learning experience more rewarding, easier to grasp, and everlasting.