Now that there are 7 billion people on the planet, energy production is a crucial topic. Not just adults, but kids too need to take part in conserving the planet. Such is the goal of Not Lost in the Universe, an interactive digital book developed to raise awareness of renewable energy resources.
(Not) Lost in the Universe
Not Lost in the Universe follows the adventures of three space explorers: siblings Bella and Kip, and their alien companion Borko. On their trek to Earth, their spaceship lost power and crash-landed on Planet Blarp. They are assisted by the kind alien Blarbert, who informed them of several energy resources on the planet: wind, geothermal, water, and solar.
The rest of the 40-page long story revolves around the explorers’ visits to these energy plants, which provides kids with knowledge of how energy can be generated through different means. For example, at the wind farm, energy is supplied by wind-powered turbines. At the hydroelectric dam, energy is generated by running water. At the end of a plant visit, there are additional trivia to further enrich kids’ knowledge.
Like most digital books nowadays, Not Lost in the Universe has many interactive elements. Most of the objects in a scene can be tapped for additional animations and sound effects. In addition, the app includes three mini games that are tightly woven into the story. For example, the first game takes place at the wind farm, and requires kids to fix the broken wind turbines by matching the shapes of their sails.
Parents Need to Know
Judging from the app’s length and content, Not Lost in the Universe is suitable for older juniors, preferably ages 7+. An interesting bit about the app: it only has one reading mode, Read to Me. The narration is brilliant, however, and the humorous sound effects complement the story nicely. Each character also has a distinct voice and personality.
Not Lost in the Universe is a part of Fingerprint, a network of educational apps for kids. This means that the app implements the platform’s features, such as allowing parents to register accounts for tracking their juniors’ progress, sending messages to other Fingerprint app users, and finding other apps in the network. You can read more about the network on their website.
Things I Like
Not Lost in the Universe may not be the first app about eco-consciousness that we’ve had on the blog (Jorgits had a similar theme), but it does have its unique values. The illustrations and animations are lovely, and the interactive elements are engaging. My favorite part of the app is discovering that some scenes/pages are actually several scenes stitched together, and you have to scroll all the way to the side or all the way down to move through them.
The story itself is well-written, with plenty of humor to keep readers interested. The characters are lovely -- as I’ve mentioned, each of them has a unique personality and voice. For example, Kip is the merry troublemaker, Bella is the mature figure, and Borko is well, an alien.
If I could make a suggestion, I do wish that the app included a self-reading mode for juniors who want to practice their reading skills. Word-highlighting would also be a useful feature.
Renewable energy resources may not be a common topic to discuss with your juniors, but Not Lost in the Universe may change that. The app is really well-made -- the story is interesting, the illustrations/animations lovely, and the interactive bits engaging. Overall, I would highly recommend this app to parents who are looking to raise their kids’ awareness of the planet and renewable energy resources.
Not Lost in the Universe is available for iPad
Get it on the App Store: iPad
App was provided for our honest review.