Who doesn’t like free? And who doesn’t like great iPad apps? When the two come together it’s good stuff. With that in mind, we’d like to share our favorite Free iPad App of the Week here every weekend.
This week’s pick is Science360 for iPad – a superb, fun, and beautifully done app full of strong content for those who enjoy science. The app is published by The National Science Foundation (NSF) and its content is a mixture of NSF-produced items and material gathered from scientists, universities, and NSF science and engineering centers. Here are some of its notable features:
- Spectacular images from NSF-funded institutions available in high resolution for download to your iPad
- Fun and engaging streaming video (WiFi or 3G connection required) on a wide range of topics
- Hundreds of images and videos to experience, with new content added weekly
- Share images and videos on Facebook and Twitter or via email
- Keep abreast of breaking stories in scientific discovery as they happen with the in-app news feed
- Pan through content in the unique 360 view or find content via keyword with a simple two finger touch
- With a single touch, save favorite images and video within the app so that they can easily be found again
I’ve spent time with this app on my own and with my 8 year old daughter, and enjoyed it a lot. The 360 grid view is very well done and there’s always tons of interesting looking content to browse through. Its chock full of cool videos and stunning and unique images, all accompanied by text giving you the background on what you’re looking at.
The interface for the app is minimal and makes it very easy to get around and spend time with the app. Little touches like darkening the squares on the grid for content you’ve already viewed are welcome.
It’s a great educational app and one that almost sneaks up on you in a way – because it’s so engaging it feels more like fun than learning. It had my daughter continually saying ‘Let’s do that one’ as we panned around it and saw photos and videos that looked fun to explore. It should have appeal for all ages.
Here’s an App Store link for Science360 for iPad.