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In the Skyscrapers app by childrens educational app studio Tinybop, kids explore fascinating, but often mysterious and unfathomable feats of engineering and design—the tallest buildings in the world. CEO and founder of Tinybop Raul Gutierreze says, “As a kid from a flat, green part of Texas, I saw skyscrapers for the first time on a trip to New York City. I remember being in awe, lying down in the back of cabs to see the man-made monuments passing above. I thought my own kids, who are city kids growing up in Brooklyn, might be less impressed. But my youngest son wanted to visit the Empire State Building for his most recent birthday. From the top, more than 1,000 feet above the streets, he looked out over the city below and stood in silence for a long time before murmuring, ‘This doesn’t feel real.’”

In Skyscrapers, these behemoths of modern urban life become as tangible and real as the concrete and steel they’re made of, thanks in part to artwork created by Toronto-based illustrator Mike Ellis. Ellis created vibrant interior details for kids to explore and elegant exteriors for kids to assemble as they learn about architecture and engineering. In the app, kids can create a skyline of skyscrapers, adding up to 50 floors and choosing the facades and tops for each building. They test their buildings’ structure against wind, earthquakes and dinosaurs. Kids also see how people live, work and play inside—and how water and electricity travel through their buildings. As they construct and investigate their own buildings, the app reveals the design, science and lives behind opaque glass and towering heights.

tinybop.com/apps/skyscrapers

mikellis.com

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