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Tappity - the interactive educational science app for kids

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The lowdown on the innovative EdTech app Tappity that's on a mission to help kids learn about science in a way they'll actually enjoy...

/tappity-ipad-over-shoulder-mockYouTube and other similar platforms are many things, good and bad. One thing they are is a wealth of knowledge - videos can be found explaining practically any topic, providing tutorials and lessons, and generally expanding the viewer’s knowledge. The problem is that there is no guarantee that the person making the video actually knows what they are talking about, or isn’t biased, or isn’t lacking knowledge themselves. 

For example, if you go onto YouTube to learn about gravity and you get pointed to a flat earther ‘teaching’ that gravity is as fake as space, you’re in trouble. So perhaps a platform dedicated to educational videos that meet educational standards (and that is safe for younger viewers to peruse alone) is what is needed.

US edtech startup Tappity agrees, and has created an app with a library full of interactive science lessons across more than 100 topics, aimed at children aged 4-10. 

These lessons are bite-sized and designed to not only have the children participate, but also to only take 15 minutes per day so that they can easily fit in around school. Since December, Tappity has also been live streaming 20-minute classes, 4 times per week. These cover science stories, drawing, science trivia, and experiments - this gives viewers not only plenty of range to keep them entertained, but also a break from screen time during this pandemic that has them attending school via screen already by integrating off-screen activities.

bite-sized-lessons2So far, Tappity has raised $1.3 million in seed funding from several sources, including Y Combinator, Brighter Capital, 18 Ventures, and AltaIR. This should help them to continue bringing regular lessons and reach more children.

When children develop a curiosity for something, being able to satisfy that curiosity and keep it alive is valuable. We only know names like Einstein or Carl Sagan because they never lost that spark of curiosity, after all. And if we’re honest, when a child asks us an ostensibly simple question about how something in the world works, how it happens, where it comes from, etc., we often don’t know well enough to provide a satisfactory answer.

Perhaps with fun, interactive learning like Tappity, they won’t have the same problem with their own children!


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Published on: 15th January 2021

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