Stephen Hawking: theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author… and game designer? The world-famous astrophysics genius has teamed up with Random House to create his first ever app; a game aimed at helping children to get a better grasp of the laws of physics which govern the universe.
The scientific game is called Snapshots of the Universe and is available for youngsters over 9 years old to use on the iPad for just $4.99. Trick your kids into learning about Einstein, planetary orbits, the theory of relativity, and much more as they puzzle their way through mini-games and videos. In various sections of the game, kids can carry out virtual experiments, as well as gaining access to better explanations of the science facts they learn about through games.
Whilst this game is the first time Hawking has ever ventured into the world of software, it isn’t the first time he’s made efforts to make science more accessible to children. Hawking might be best known for decidedly grown-up books like A Brief History of Time, but he has also co-written 3 science-based children’s fiction books with his daughter, Lucy Hawking.