PBS Annnounces NOVA Elements App for Windows 8.1
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December 17, 2014
Today, the PBS Science series NOVA, a WGBH Boston production, announced it has launched the NOVA Elements App for Windows 8.1. The App takes the periodic table off the wall and puts it into users' hands, bringing life to the world's elements in colorful and dynamic ways.
NOVA Elements, featuring tech guru David Pogue, allows users to explore an interactive periodic table, build elements from their particles, construct 3D rotating molecules, and watch a two-hour NOVA special, Hunting the Elements. In the special, Pogue takes viewers on a quest to understand chemistry and all of the materials of life: the 118 unique elements that make up the amazing periodic table, including the 90 naturally-occurring elements and those created by scientists.
"The NOVA Elements App allows us to Engage NOVA fans or anyone interested in Science in the kind of open-ended exploration that promotes deep learning," says NOVA Senior Executive Producer and Director of the WGBH Science Unit Paula S. Apsell. "It goes beyond broadcast programming on a fundamental topic-exploring the elements and how they are the building blocks for people, planets, and everything around us."
The NOVA Elements App allows users to:
• Learn key facts about each element: its discovery, appearance, real-world application and more.
• Play in an atomic sandbox to create any or all of the 118 elements by adding the correct number of protons, neutrons and electrons.
• Combine the elements you've built into 3D rotatable molecules found in everyday objects, like a banana or a watch, in the "My Essential Elements" game.
• Jump to related segments in NOVA's Hunting the Elements program with the tappable periodic table.
• Share your exploration and discoveries with tweets.
• Watch the complete two-hour NOVA program, Hunting the Elements. Streaming is only available in the U.S. and its territories.
The App uses Microsoft Smooth Streaming to help allow a continual adjustment of the video quality based on the user's computer and network conditions. Microsoft DirectX was also used to render high-quality 3D interactive representations of the elements and molecules.
The NOVA Elements App is available for free from Windows Store or here.