February 1, 2012 (Vol. 32, No. 3)

URL:
http://bit.ly/aNyJ8C

Rating:
Strong Points: Substantial video collection
Weak Points: Some episode descriptions are limited

Platform:
iPad/iPhone

Cost:
Free

Summary:

I am all for anything “designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages,” so VideoScience is right up my alley (and it should be up your alley, too). This app currently contains approximately 80 videos, and the episode list continues to grow. Each episode depicts a science demonstration, many of which use items that can be found at your nearby grocery or hardware store. The videos are hosted by science teacher Dan Menelly, who nicely explains the concepts behind each demonstration, as well as general considerations when performing the experiments yourself. As an example, episodes include those entitled “Pyrolysis: Sugar on Fire!” and “Spacesuit Simulator.” The interface of the app presents a small thumbnail of the video and an accompanying description, set against a lab notebook backdrop. When selected, the video opens to fullscreen.