In Time for Spring: "Bloom" | Touch and Go

A STEM app for young learners that encourages discussion and exploration.

In time for the spring season, a review of Bloom.

This beautiful app (Megalearn, iOS, $4.99, PreS-Gr 4) wordlessly explains the life cycle of three distinct plants. With no preamble, users are presented with three options: a woodsy setting for a raspberry plant, a tropical island for a coconut tree, and a humble dandelion in a verdant field. Each scene is gently depicted in soft colors and textured brush strokes and accompanied by soothing music and nature sounds. With no instructions or rules, the app encourages a meditative exploration and leisurely conversation about the unique roles of the elements and environment in each plant’s growth. There is also a gamification element for those who are motivated to test their new knowledge: once users have taken each plant through its life cycle, they are presented with a brief multiple-choice quiz that they can complete based on what they’ve observed. Though this app presents an inviting and informative experience, consumers are likely to feel it’s a bit light on content for the price point. Once the users have explored each of the three plant cycles, they are effectively done with the app, with little incentive for repeat visits. VERDICT Though limited in content, this is a lovely STEM app for young learners that encourages discussion and exploration, and is a solid choice for a lesson on plant biology.—Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Library, CA

Table of Contents, Bloom (Megalearn)

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