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The "Awesome Upstander!" app is designed to teach children how to deal with bullies. The gamer is an "upstander," a student who helps stand up to bullies. The ultimate goal of each level is to simply stand in between the bully and the buddy who is the target. Along the way, the player has to pick up both friends and certain items like a cell phone to call for help.
Developers say the app is designed to promote empathy, remind kids not to turn a blind eye, and teach that there is power in numbers when helping to stick up for a friend. The app also reinforces the need for kids to get an adult if they witness bullying.
The game's website, AwesomeUpstander.com, has talking points for parents and teachers looking to address bullying. "Awesome Upstander!" is an iOS and Android app for $.99.
"GazziliScience" teaches a more traditional subject, but what's untraditional about it is who it is trying to teach -- pre-schoolers. The app has six lessons: "Plants," "Water Cycle," "Seasons," "Non-Living," "Sink Or Float" and "The Five Senses."
Each lesson offers up a very hands-on, simple-to-understand concept. The "Water Cycle" lesson has users first touch the sun to heat up the water in the pond, then drag the condensation up to form the clouds and then touch the clouds to make it rain, which fills the pond again. Meanwhile, a narrator explains very clearly exactly what is happening.
After each lesson, the user can get a part to help Purple, the app's mascot, build a science machine that will eventually feed Cleo and Theo.
"GazziliScience" is right now an iOS-only app for $1.99.