Use Marine Missions as part of a unit study on oceans, marine life, environmental conservation, or recycling. The games to bring some fun to the heavy topic of ocean pollution; and can lead to discussions about how can we help garbage stay out of the world's oceans in real life. If kids play in the Creature Builder, talk about each of the animal parts from which they can choose: What animal does this part really belong to? What does it help the animal do, and why do you want to include it on yours?Continue reading Show less
Marine Missions is a science app that promotes ocean conservation through fun mini-missions and activities. It encourages very young app users to think about what humans need to do to clean up the world's oceans. Kids tap "Play" then choose the first challenge by tilting (or tapping) the iPad to move a boat on the screen to the correct spot on the map. In one activity, kids tap trash to toss it into a recycling bin and swipe to clean up an oil spill. In another, they swipe or tilt the screen to move a cute hermit crab over blowholes to recapture his mask. The Creature Builder provides lots of choices for making a pretend sea animal, and kids can also see photos with real sea life. There's also some basic sea animal facts and photos in the app. Through these very simple games that encourage kids to pick up trash in the on-screen ocean or swipe up oil spills, kids get the essential messages about what pollutes our oceans. Nothing too deep in these waters, but just enough information and engaging play to set young kids sailing into ocean conservation.
Marine Missions is a fun way for very young kids to learn simple ideas for ocean conservation: trash and oil are bad for oceans. Kids can also have some fun making silly, imaginative sea animals and learning about real ocean creatures. While the beautiful map and voice instruction helps kids learn the names and locations of the different oceans and continents, kids aren't going to learn a lot of details or find great academic challenge on this app. Still, they can learn some new ocean-related vocabulary and a bit of info about sea creatures. Marine Missions is all about helping kids start to think about marine ecology through small waves of fun and creative play.
Key Standards Supported
Earth and Human Activity
Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.