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PBS KIDS ScratchJr

PBS KIDS ScratchJr
by PBS KIDS

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iPad

Overall Score: 90/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Education, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is and what you do with it: create stories and mini-games featuring favorite characters (Wild Kratts, Nature Cat, WordGirl and Peg+Cat!). Based on popular Scratch visual programming language.

What we liked: the concept. Excellent set of features, props and resources. Great educational value.

What we didn't like: none.

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FunCode

FunCode
by Jin Xiaoxi

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iPad

Overall Score: 80/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is and what you do with it: coding course for kids with about 60 coding puzzles.

Solve the puzzles by assembling your program from pre-made blocks (similar to MIT Scratch)

What we liked: fun, easy to use platform to practice coding on iPad.

What we didn't like: not fully compatible with Scratch. No option to skip to more advanced lessons.

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LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Fix the Factory

LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Fix the Factory
by The LEGO Group

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 66/100

version reviewed: 1.03

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Best for: Brain teasers, Attention & concentration, Thinking & problem solving

What it is/what you do with it: a puzzle game featuring a Lego Mindstorms robot.

Program the robot (by dragging and dropping the commands onto the timeline), so he can navigate the factory and find lost battery packs.

24 levels in this game with increasing difficulty.

What we liked: the concept. LEGO-themed 3D-like graphics. Variety of challenges (least number of attempts, least number of moves, least number of errors or the shortest time). Easy controls. Good educational value. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: the hints feature is a bit limited. We missed some sort of introduction/tutorial.

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