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Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer

April 27, 2016

By: Kelli Houts

SmartAppsforKids.com

A fun app for young space explorers ...

Note: This app is narrated without text to read along and formatted more like a game than a book.

Ready Jet Go Space Explorer lets us join along with Jet and his friends as they explore and play in space. There are games and coloring functions along with star charting capabilities that may just keep my kids from making off with my phone when we are out camping. Not that I’d take my phone camping. That would be silly. But I digress…

This app opens up with Jet asking us if we’re ready to explore. Almost immediately he asks us to find some constellations, telling us that we can explore the sky by swiping on the screen. We explored the sky for a bit this way, tapping on constellations and planets when we would come across them. By doing this we could see and hear their names.

Our control panel looked like the dash of a spaceship (named Space 9000), and we quickly began to find that there were other ways to explore and things to do. By tapping the purple saucer button we enter a fun game of hide and seek with Jet. Off he goes to hide among the stars, giving you hints about where to find him. Don’t worry if you get lost, his little friend sunspot will help guide you to him. Oh! And you earn an explorer badge each time you find Jet.

After playing hide and seek, why not go color the stars? For each of the major constellations, we were offered the option to paint it any color we wanted. I think a golden Leo is just the thing, don’t you? It’s a pretty simple coloring function, and it won’t let you color outside the lines so everything stays neat. I do wish this function had a few more options and the ability to color with a bit more detail.

At any time you can tap on the face of Space 9000 and be offered a glossary of the planets and major constellations. By tapping on one, you are shown its relative position in the sky. To get a closer look and hear lots of interesting facts, you simply have to pull the red lever and Space 9000 will zoom you there. Find out about the positions of the planets and learn what their names mean. Learn about the 24 different constellations – learn how to find them and what their names mean, among other things.

While exploring, you can tap on stars to find out the names of them. If you come across a constellation, Space 9000 offers you the chance to zoom in closer and find out more. You can also visit the planets or earth’s moon this way.

Our very favorite thing about this app is that, while you can explore the sky with a simple swipe of your finger, you can change the mode of exploration to and augmented reality mode to let kids really get a feel for how we fit into the solar system. This works much like the star-tracker type apps that many adults have on their phones. Simply move the device around to be shown what is in the sky in those areas. We were still offered the same options to explore and find out information this way, but the thrill that my kids get being able to find the formations in the sky that they are learning about in the app makes it our preferred method of exploring the app.

Overall, this app is a well-made, engaging app that helps introduce kids to the wonders of space. I know that my family will be making use of this for a long time to come. The fact that such a quality app is also free is a major bonus.

Bottom Line: Ready Jet Go Space Explorer is a brand new app from PBS Kids that allows kids to explore and play among the stars (learning interesting facts along the way). If you’ve got a budding scientist on your hands, this app is a must.

Highly Recommended!

This app has been thoroughly evaluated by our staff. Please click on the 'star ratings' tab above, to see how it fared in all nine of our rating categories. See synopsis tab for more details about the storyline.

Emily B

This guest review was originally published by SmartAppsforKids.com on April 11, 2016

Kelli and her kids are gathering up some blankets to go lay out in the pasture and look at the stars and planets. Kelli's kids have told her that she cannot mention Pluto (apparently she just needs to give it up.) Smart Apps for Kids was paid a fee to review this app in a priority manner.

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Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer

April 27, 2016

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
PBS Kids

Developer:
PBS Kids

Length (time):
20 - 30 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: No

Age: 6 - 10 +

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
1 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer

From iTunes:

Kids can explore the solar system and visit planets, stars and constellations with Jet and his friends. Ready, Jet, Go, Excelsior! 

Go on a galactic journey with Jet, Sydney, Sean, Mindy and Sunspot from their backyard in Boxwood Terrace through space! Explore, paint, and play, as you learn about planets, stars and constellations.

Features:
· Dive deep into 300+ planet and constellation facts with Face 
9000 by exploring or check out the Solar Encyclopedia
· Point your device to the sky and explore to see real world 
positions of constellations and planets
· Play Hide-n-Seek with Jet and Sunspot and earn all the Ready 
Jet Go! space badges
· Add color to the night sky! Paint and color stars and 
constellations. Your artistic masterpieces will stay visible as you 
continue exploring.
· Play with favorite Ready Jet Go! characters and listen for silly 
space facts with Jet and his friends!

The Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer app allows players to immerse themselves in the world of Jet and his friends as they explore and play in space in endless ways! Incorporating expert curriculum backed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, kids are encouraged to not only learn about space, but visualize planets, stars and constellations in the context of the world around them. 

About Ready, Jet, Go!
The Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer app is based on the PBS KIDS series Ready, Jet, Go! produced by Wind Dancer and designed to extend the series’ STEM curriculum. For more learning adventures with Ready, Jet, Go! visit: http://www.pbskids.org/readyjetgo. 

About PBS KIDS
The Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer app is part of PBS KIDS’ ongoing commitment to helping kids build the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital media, as well as community-based programs. 

For more PBS KIDS Apps, visit http://www.pbskids.org/apps. 

Privacy
Across all media platforms, PBS KIDS is committed to creating a safe and secure environment for children and families and being transparent about what information is collected from users. To learn more about PBS KIDS’ privacy policy, visit pbskids.org/privacy.

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal

Options:

Play, Parents Section, Links (under parental gate): AppStore

App Release Date:
2016-04-07

 






Size: 137.49 MB

Version: 1.2

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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