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Toca Lab: Elements for iOS

By Toca Boca $2.99 Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jan 12, 2015

Toca Lab aims to introduce kids to some basic chemistry concepts and processes through experimentation on different elements. As you work your way through the periodic table, you can see how heat, cold, and other chemicals alter an element and cause it to behave in a particular way.

Pros

Fun animations: Each element that you can experiment on in this game is depicted as a little animated blob that you can drag around the lab and subject to various experiments. The animations are fun and engaging, making the subject material accessible to even very young children.

Introduction to the lab: This game introduces kids to the basic equipment found in most chemistry labs in a way that makes it much less intimidating. The equipment you can experiment with in the game includes a Bunsen burner, centrifuge, oscilloscope, cooling agent, and test tubes.

Cons

No Names: None of the elements you're experimenting on are labeled with their full name. There is a periodic table and clipboard with a one-letter abbreviation of the name, but it would be nice and much more educationally valuable if there was also a link available to the full name and some basic information about each element.

Element creation: The game seems to suggest that you can create new elements out of other elements. This is the way you fill in the periodic table in the game, and the app actually suggests which experiments to perform on any given element to change it into a neighboring one. This is not actually possible, which the letter in the parents' section freely admits. This may confuse children when they start learning about these topics outside of the app.

Bottom Line

Toca Lab is a fun idea, and it's presented in a very accessible and engaging way to its target audience. However, the lack of more detailed information and the misrepresentation of how the elements can and cannot be created really takes away just about any educational value it may have had.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.1.0

Toca Lab is now a series of playful science apps. That's why we're renaming this app to Toca Lab: Elements! Another lab in the series is coming soon. We also added symbols to the most recent elements and did some general polishing. Enjoy!

General

Release October 1, 2017
Date Added October 1, 2017
Version 1.1.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74

Popularity

Total Downloads 443
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Calling all future scientists. Welcome to Toca Lab: Elements. Explore the colorful and electrifying world of science and meet all 118 of the elements from the periodic table. Discover elements by experimenting with the lab tools. Take your element for a spin in the centrifuge. Warm them up in the Bunsen burner. Put the element on ice with the cooling agent. Add a drop or two of mysterious liquids from the test tubes. Change their voltage and make them magnetic with the oscilloscope. Each element has it's own personality. In Toca Lab: Elements, what does Neon sound like? Is Gold heavy or light? Is Nitrogen squishy or hard? Explore, inspect, and study each one and let us know. Can you find all 118? The time has come, future scientists, to head into the lab to explore and discover. Put on your lab coat and protective eye gear because things are about to get experimental. Toca Lab: Elements is a place for playing and having fun, and with it we hope to inspire kids to explore science. While the periodic table in Toca Lab: Elements is accurate, the way new elements are created is not. Instead, it's a fun way to experiment, discover and create curiosity in the world of science. Toca Lab: Elements is just a starting point for further exploration. ABOUT TOCA BOCA. At Toca Boca, we believe in the power of play to spark kids' imaginations and help them learn about the world. We design our products from the kids' perspective to empower kids to be playful, to be creative and to be who they want to be. Our products include award-winning apps that have been downloaded more than 150 million times in 215 countries and offer fun, safe, open-ended play experiences. Learn more about Toca Boca and our products at tocaboca.com. PRIVACY POLICY. Privacy is an issue that we take very seriously. To learn more about how we work with these matters, please read our privacy policy: http://tocaboca.com/privacy.