For that reason, we’re very excited about Junior Astronaut – Breaking Through The Space Barrier, which has just been released for iPad.
Aimed at 9-15 year-olds and created for the iPad rather than converted from an existing book, this focuses on the science of space travel: gravity, mass, weight, forces and What Happens To The Astronauts’ Wee And Poo.
(Well, we’re hoping it includes the last one, because that still puzzles us.)
It looks a marvellous mix of serious science and playful entertainment, with 28 interactive scenes, original artwork and music, and text from Wired Magazine’s space and physics correspondent Adam Mann. Plus you can build your own (virtual) rocket.
Junior Astronaut – Breaking Through The Space Barrier is a free download on the App Store, for iPad only.
Free?! Yep. The initial download includes nine of the scenes, with the rest unlocked through an in-app purchase of £3.99 for the ‘Complete Edition’. It works well: there’s plenty of content to try before deciding whether you want to pay or not.