Many students find chemistry a hard and dull subject to learn because the way it is taught at school. When you have to sit still and read for hours, your mind can fall asleep quickly. Trybie Journey offers a more exciting way to learn chemistry and physics by combining an interactive novel with easy science experiments that you can try at home. Meant for children, but accessible by adults, this app is a great introduction to practical science.
Discover the Fun in Science
In this fairytale infused with science, readers find a sympathetic character in Trybie. Trybie is an inquisitive test tube who leaves his laboratory to satisfy his curiosity about the world. His quest takes him to new places where he experiences for the first time various natural phenomena.
The book depicts Trybie’s journey with a mixture of text and pictures, some of which come alive when tapped. For example, when Trybie discovers a rainbow, readers can drag each color from the arch to recolor the contents of his tube. There are also pop-ups that explain the different types of animals and plants that Trybie meets on his travel.
More interestingly, the book contains 13 experiments that interweave nicely with the storyline. Each experiment is designed to be doable at home, and includes a full list of equipments, ingredients, and step-by-step instructions with animation. At the end of each experiment, a brief explanation is given for the readers to build upon.
An example experiment you can find in the app is creating a volcanic eruption using red food coloring, dishwasher liquid, baking soda, and vinegar. This experiment highlights the process of chemical reaction. Other topics covered in the app include gasses, acids and bases, chemiluminescence, force, pressure, and many more.
Parents Need to Know
Safety is taken seriously in the app. Before beginning each experiment, readers must tap the I Understand button to ensure they have read and understood the safety requirements. It is also advised that parents keep close supervision of their children while performing these experiments.
Based on the app’s contents, I would recommend Trybie Journey for ages 6+. Note that some experiments may be simple enough for younger children, but again, please supervise your children at all times.
The app has no third-party advertising and no in-app purchases. It has external links to educational sites such as Wikipedia, but they are secured with a kid lock.
Things I Like
STEM enthusiasts will find Trybie Journey a compelling resource for science projects. It includes many experiments that will appeal to young children, such as writing messages in invisible ink and making a lightning bug lamp. Each experiment has also been handpicked to ensure general safety and availability, meaning it only utilizes inexpensive materials you can find at home or at your local drugstore.
When your child is not digging through the app for new experiment ideas, they might enjoy following Trybie’s beautifully illustrated journey. I think the story could be more interactive overall, but it is decently entertaining. Another minor critic would be the misspellings found throughout the app, which I hope to be fixed in future updates.
You can try to make children read textbooks all day, but ultimately there is no substitute for hands-on activities. Trybie Journey mixes an adventurous storyline with 13 easy science experiments that can be done at home or in the classroom. The experiments are always concluded with an explanation, so that young scientists can learn while having fun. The app also does a great job in engaging children to follow instructions and work safely, which should keep parents and teachers at ease.
App was provided for our honest review.