A new iPad app from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum helps children learn about airplanes and rockets through four games inspired by the history of early flight.
Pilot Pals, the museum’s first app, also enables children ages 4 to 6 to personalize their experience by naming their hangar and choosing a Pilot Pal to accompany them.
The app’s content and aesthetics are based on the early learners section of the “Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery,” incorporating games and artifacts from the exhibition.
Pilot Pals’ four games — Gears, Weather, Rocket Stacking and Airplane Parts — introduce children to basic concepts about weather, parts of the airplane, rockets, sizes, shapes and patterns. All the aircraft in Pilot Pals are based on aircraft from the museum’s collection and include the Douglas World Cruiser Chicago, the Lockheed 5B Vega, the Piper J-2 Cub and the Autogiro Company of America AC-35.
“This new app helps us advance our strategy of reaching beyond the walls of the museum,” said Maureen Kerr, education chair at the museum. “It allows us to provide fun and meaningful educational experiences for children who are unable to visit and learn with us in person.”
The Pilot Pals iPad app is free and is available on the App Store. Pilot Pals can also be played on computers and mobile devices on the “Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery” website. This new app is made possible through the support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
For more information: AirandSpace.si.edu