App of the Week: Build your own inventions

By Stephen Noonoo
August 17th, 2015

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review.

What’s It Like? Kids can either create their own inventions or build inventions to accomplish a given task. In Create mode, kids can add a user name, create their own inventions, and share them with friends. In the other mode, kids are provided with a set of tools and helpers called “Inventioneers” that have special powers like the ability to blow, burn, or freeze objects. Kids must arrange the tools and helpers to create an invention that will accomplish a specific task.

Price: $3

Grades: 3-8

Pros: Kids are seriously challenged to design, test, and redesign in a fun and playful setting.

Cons: If kids struggle, they may give up without access to hints.

Bottom line: A fun, engaging way to boost critical-thinking and problem-solving skills while learning about important science and engineering practices.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is the current editor of eSchool News. He is a former consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.