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App Wrap: "Bill Nye The Science Guy," "BeBop Blox"

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

There is a whole generation of parents who learned science from Bill Nye The Science Guy, and now their kids are doing the same, only in more high-tech ways. To commemorate 20 years teaching so many through TV, Nye is launching an app.

Users arrive at Nye's virtual desk and start tapping around. They can hit a rocket ship for a mini-game that visits all the solar system's planets. They can tap the robot to dig for and learn about ancient artifacts. They open the "Secret Scout" manual for instructions on how to perform some real-world experiments, and inside the drawer are some goodies like his bow tie, which he will teach users how to tie.

Players can also access some clips from Nye's shows.

"Bill Nye The Science Guy" is a free app for iOS devices.

Even younger kids can enjoy "BeBop Blox." Just play that opening animation and jingle and see how quickly a child age 5 or under comes running.

The game is pretty simple. A user chooses an object or animal to create, then the outline shows up and as the proper blocks roll by on the conveyer belt, the user must pluck them off and plug them in the hole.

As the user places the right blocks correctly, the cute little characters inside start to perform a sound or rhythm, so that when it's all put together there is a song. To celebrate, the user can then fire off the cannons down below.

Developers say this game is designed to help teach problem-solving skills, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

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