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Ready! Set! Go! Use the Ramps Journal while sending toys down ramps. Which one makes the toy go farther? Keep track of the results in your digital science journal. Are the toys speeding by too quickly? No problem. Record videos in slow motion! The Ramps Journal offers scaffolds for children as they document their own science experiments on force and motion.

• Supports real-world experiments with ramps
• Captures slow-motion videos of objects in motion
• Charts results of experiments over time
• Aligns with research-based early science learning trajectories
• No in-app purchases
• No advertising

This app is designed for children to to strengthen their science investigation skills and explore the concepts of force and motion as they:
• Describe the speed of an object using words such as faster and slower.
• Describe how an object’s motion changed, slowed down, stopped, or changed direction after bumping into something.
• Understand that gravity is a force that pulls things down.
• Describe the incline of a pathway using words such as steep, gentle, steeper, less steep.
• Describe the surface texture of a pathway or an object using words such as smooth, slippery, bumpy.
• Begin to understand that friction slows objects down, and that the rougher the object, the more friction it creates when it rubs against another object.
• Understand that objects generally move farther and faster on steeper or smoother pathways.
• Carry out experiments about how an object will move on different pathways and about how objects with different surface textures will move on identical pathways.
• Begin to make predictions, to record data, to compare observations to predictions, and to construct explanations of the observations.

The Ramps Journal and the entire Ramps curriculum supplement from Early Science with Nico & Nor™ was rigorously researched and developed specifically for preschool classroom use. The Ramps unit contains two apps: Coconut Star and the Ramps Journal. Children and teachers use the Ramps Journal to record videos and results from their ramp experiments.

Each Early Science with Nico & Nor curriculum supplement combines traditional classroom activities with digital learning to promote young children’s engagement with age-appropriate science practices and concepts during circle time, learning centers, read-aloud book sessions, snack time, and outdoor play!

About First 8 Studios at WGBH
WGBH Educational Foundation has pioneered children's educational media for decades. First 8 Studios at WGBH is dedicated to carrying this pioneering spirit into the digital, mobile world. First 8 Studios creates mobile experiences to support the healthy growth of children from birth through age 8. At the heart of this work is a commitment to research-based development and an ongoing collaboration with teachers and children to give them a voice in the digital media development process. You'll find evidence of the big hearts and little fingerprints of our classroom and research partners throughout each Nico & or experience.

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Early Science with Nico & Nor™ and the characters and related indicia are trademarks of First 8 Studios @WGBH. ™/© 2019 WGBH Educational Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

This Early Science with Nico & Nor™ app was produced by WGBH Digital in Boston.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1316550. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NSF.

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Version 1.0.2

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