Zachy the Robot - Episode 1: The Leaning Tower of RobocityFall 2011 Mobile Apps
Zachy the Robot is a new interactive animated series for the iPad/iPod. The robots live in Robocity where they are faced with different challenges that come up throughout the day. In Episode One, they must fix The Leaning Tower so that it doesn’t fall. Throughout the episode, users learn that a structure that is wider at the bottom and narrower at the top will offer the best support. Therefore, they are given multiple choice questions to select the best support for various objects that are leaning, ultimately leading to their final challenge to fix the leaning tower. The animation is well done and the lessons that are integrated throughout the show are engaging. Some include real video, such as the pyramids in Egypt, to use as examples of well-supported structures. Our testers (ranging from three- to six-years-old) enjoyed watching the episode on multiple occasions.