PBS Kids Launch New Science-Focused App – Sid’s Science Fair

Posted by at 4:42 pm on September 19, 2011

PBS Kids today announced the newest addition to its successful suite of educational apps for iPhone and iPod touch, Sid’s Science Fair, which is available now on the App Store. The app, based on the animated preschool series Sid the Science Kid from The Jim Henson Company, encourages children ages 3 to 6 to explore and experience science. Sid’s Science Fair supports PBS KIDS’ curricular focus on STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.

“Today, children are entering kindergarten unprepared to succeed in science and with negative views of the subject, so PBS KIDS is on a mission to inspire a passion for science in kids while they are young, through STEM-focused content on-air, online, and now on mobile devices,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President, Children’s Media, PBS. “We’re excited about the Sid’s Science Fair App because it helps build core science and math skills – and fosters kids’ excitement in understanding the world around them.”

The Sid’s Science Fair App Mini-Games

  • Gabriela’s “Collection Inspection”: Choosing from several different exploration environments, children discover patterns in natural objects using an interactive magnifying glass.
  • May’s “Chart It!”: Children use charts to explore a set of objects and then organize ten objects on a chart according to a shared trait, such as color, shape and orientation.
  • Gerald’s “Time Machine”: Children explore how different objects – from food to plants – change over time. They first order the events in sequence, and then the events form into a timeline that players can move forward and backward in time to see the transformation.

The Sid’s Science Fair App is available for $2.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch

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