Whether it’s teaching science using multimedia “Jeopardy” like games, or math with step-by-step animation of complex problems, the iPad has proven to be an incredible learning tool for children of all ages. The device not only offers children the ability to practice hands on learning, but the various types of game based learning activities makes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engaging and fun for students. Here are a few educational STEM apps to consider:
Sid’s Science Fair – The app designed by PBS and the Jim Henson Company is designed for kid’s ages 3 to 6. Based on the hit TV show “Sid the Science Kid,” the course uses three science fair games to help kids with experiential learning in core science and math concepts like classification and identifying patterns to charting and sequencing.
Hopscotch – Both a 2013 Parent’s Choice Award and 2014 Best Educational Technology Award winner, the STEM education app is a great introduction to coding for students, parents and teachers. Students learn core-programming concepts by making games, animations, art and more. Based on the Apple Store reviews, the game is highly recommended by both parents and digital tech teachers.
NASA App – Allows kids to explore astronomy and outer space. Kids can also discover the latest images, videos, mission information, news, feature stories, tweets, NASA TV and featured content with the NASA App for iOS.
Stephen Hawking’s Snapshots of the Universe – Selected by the Apple App Store as one of the “Best of 2014 for iPad,” the app includes 10 astronomy-based science experiments including the new additions “Earth to Mars” and “Evolution of a Star,” and includes video, audio, and interactive elements. With its huge science knowledge base and stunning graphics, students learn astronomy and basic physics.
Simple Physics – With its ability to solve a wide range of physics-related problems, this app allows kids to design complex structures for everything from tree houses to ferris wheels, and then simulates their designs with a sophisticated physics engine. Some of the standout features includes, realistic physics simulation, ragdoll physics, slow motion mode, and stress display shows problem areas in your design.
Science360 for iPad – Designed by the National Science Foundation, the app engages users in science and engineering by using images and video from around the globe. The content is produced by NSF or gathered from scientists, colleges and universities, and NSF science and engineering centers. In addition to the fun and engaging streaming video available on a variety of topics, you can share images and videos on Facebook and Twitter or via email.
Do you use any fun and engaging apps that allow kids to explore STEM subjects? If so, provide your best recommendations in the comments section below.