Space Brains – Free App

Image of Space AppQuiz tests the nation’s knowledge about the solar system and space exploration

To mark the launch of Science Week 2010 we launched “Space Brains”, a free app available for the iPod Touch or iPhone. Space Brains supports the 2010 Science Week theme, “Our Place in Space”.

Space Brains is the ultimate free app for anyone who wants to find out more about space, whether it’s what year man first stepped on the moon or how many planets there are in the solar system. With a variety of difficulty levels, players will be amazed at how much they already know and can learn about the galaxy and space exploration.

DSE partnered with Armagh Planetarium and Blackrock Castle Observatory to develop over 1,000 questions for the quiz based game. Players are quizzed on years, dates for space exploration and a wide range of space trivia questions.

Each category features different mini-games which includes Trivia, What Year, True or False, Hangman and many more. Space Brains is powered by “The Inquizitor Engine”, the most sophisticated and powerful quiz engine in mobile gaming.

On hand at the launch were astronomers Dave Grennan, Raheny Observatory and Dave McDonald, Celbridge Observatory. Dave Grennan hit the headlines following a major discovery from his back garden observatory in Dublin, when he became the first person in Ireland to discover a Supernova.
Commenting at the launch of Space Brains, Dave Grennan said:

“Astronomy is a fun and accessible to all. You don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to learn more about the night sky. It is amazing what you can see with your eyes if you take the time to look. Having played Space Brains I think it’s a great way of stimulating interest among young people in the areas of space and astronomy.”

Astronomer Dave McDonald also secured a place in the history books in 2008 when he discovered an asteroid from his back garden in Celbridge. It was the first asteroid discovered from Ireland for 160 years. He added to this in 2010 by discovering a new variable star. Speaking at the launch of Space Brains, Dave McDonald said:

“I’ve been passionate about space and astronomy for a number of years and as an amateur astronomer it’s amazing to discover what’s out there. It’s one of the few areas where amateurs can really have an impact and make world class discoveries, often using basic equipment. People have an interest in space and astronomy and Space Brains is all about tapping into that interest. The app means that anyone can test their knowledge and find out just how much they know about space.”

Ann Fitzpatrick, ESERO (European Space Education Resource Office) Manager, DSE, said:

“Space and space exploration are really exciting areas and can really spark children’s interest and enthusiasm. At ESERO we are deeply committed to building the scientific and technical workforce of tomorrow. We believe that through initiatives such as Space Brains we can reach out to young people at an early stage in a way that is relevant, meaningful and fun, potentially sparking a lifetime’s interest in space exploration.”

The Space Brains app is available for download for free from the iTunes store, and is powered by RedWind’s The Inquizitor Engine