Rocket Science 101, by NASA, is an iPad app for aspiring rocket scientists – or just those who would like to learn more about NASA rockets and to try their hand at building one. I spotted it via a review at iPad Apps for School.
Here’s a little of the App Store introduction to the app:
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to launch a NASA spacecraft with NASA’s Rocket Science 101 (RS101)! Select your favorite NASA mission and build a rocket to send the spacecraft into orbit. As you take the RS101 challenge, you can learn more about thrilling missions and the various components of the launch vehicles, how they are configured and how they work together to successfully launch a NASA spacecraft. NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) does the same things for real rockets and exciting spacecraft missions every day – now it’s your turn!
The app has 3 sections that offer varying levels of challenge in choosing and building one of the included rockets – Have Fun, Challenge Yourself, and Rocket Scientist.
In the Have Fun section you just choose one of the 4 rocket types, drag and drop a small set of rocket components onto the right place on the rocket (or tap to auto-build it). Once it’s built you get a green Launch button. Tap that and you watch an animated version of lift off and initial flight stages. Once the animation finishes you can tap to watch a YouTube video of an actual launch of that rocket type.
In the Challenge Yourself section you choose from one of 8 NASA missions and then select a rocket that’s the best match for that mission. Then you build the rocket again, this time with a few more parts that you have to place correctly on the rocket.
The Rocket Scientist section is the same as Challenge Yourself, but with even more parts to use and place correctly on the rocket.
NASA have published a number of great apps for the iPad and this is another fun and educational offering to add to their portfolio – with a heck of fun name for the app too.
Here’s an App Store link for Rocket Science 101; it’s a free app.