One of the buzzwords at FETC was STEM which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. These of course are the subjects kids need to learn if they want be employed in years to come. We've done a good job highlighting math apps and have had several recent reviews this month of new number cruncher apps but science and tech apps are harder to come by especially free ones. These are some of my favorites from past Good Free App of the Day posts and some I've come across through my travels in AppLand.
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Sound Uncovered and Color Uncovered - Exploratorium
Sound: How do you make a saxophone growl? Are there secret messages in music played backward? Why does the sound of gum chewing drive some people mad? Listen up and find answers to these questions and more as you take an auditory trip to the place where sound gets truly interesting: the space between your ears.
Color: Color Uncovered features a wide spectrum of cool color-related topics to explore. Learn why friends shouldn’t let men buy bananas. Try your own color experiments on the iPad using simple items you have at home: a CD case, a drop of water, and a piece of paper. Discover how the iPad and other devices create color. Find out what causes afterimages—and more.
Nano: The DIY Nano HD app allows families to experience and learn about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology at home or on the go!
The app provides free, easy to use, hands-on activities at your fingertips. Each activity includes materials lists, step-by-step instructions, and detailed explanations. The activity materials are widely available and inexpensive, and you probably have many of them in your own home!
Sun: Includes over a dozen, easy to use, hands-on activities to learn about the Sun. Each activity includes step-by-step instructions that have been tested by educators, kids, and families. The activity materials are widely available and inexpensive—you probably have many of them in your home.
Bill Nye The Science Guy - Disney
Bill Nye The Science Guy® 20th Anniversary App—of Science! Science rules, especially when you grab a seat at The Science Guy's desk and help yourself to heaping handfuls of science. Just scan your thumb to gain entrance to Nye Labs, the most amazing, scientifically fascinating place on Earth (and possibly beyond!). Twenty orbits around the sun and 28 Emmys along the way—now that's something to celebrate!
goREACT - Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
With goREACT, you can become a virtual chemist. Whether you're a novice or expert, the free play and guided modes make it fun and fascinating.
- Initiate nearly 300 virtual chemical reactions by dragging elements into the Reaction Area.
- Amazing images and videos illustrate the molecules you create.
- Select alternate views of the Periodic Table to discover different aspects of the elements’ chemical properties.
- Touch any of the Periodic Table's 118 elements to see an image and fun fact about it.
- With helpful hints about reactions to try, there’s always something exciting to explore.
- “Featured Reactions” menus guide you through themed sets of chemical reactions related to particular applications,such as the environment, beauty products or cars.
- Learn more about how the Periodic Table is organized, and follow links to additional educational resources.
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Science360 for iPad provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe and a news feed featuring breaking news from NSF-funded institutions. Content is either produced by NSF or gathered from scientists, colleges and universities, and NSF science and engineering centers.
A growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and easy to recreate experiments that are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages.
iPhone, x2 iPad
Make studying vocabulary terms fun and engaging with Pearson's Language Central for Science apps featuring the Word Fly game experience! First, boost your memory with Interactive Science Flash Cards that span Life, Earth and Physical science topics. Next, test your skills and take the Trivia challenge! Finally, have fun and play the Word Fly game to impress your teacher with your hunger for science knowledge! This app is great for kids and parents to practice and refresh science vocabulary skills.
These apps are recommended for students in grades 6 to 8.
Science Bear will help you review the basic concepts from middle school physical science with over 200 questions and links to dozens of videos. Test your knowledge on motion, forces, density, solids, liquids, gases, astronomy, atoms, periodic table, chemistry, and more!
NASA now has a whole series of apps focused on space science, in addition to the original NASA App. There are now 32 FREE apps, for both iPhone and iPad. The original is definitely a must-download, and check out the other FREE apps, too.
Start with four elements. Mix and match them to create more and more things! Now finally iOS version of the popular Chrome app - Little Alchemy!
Combine the elements by simply dragging and dropping one on the other to make something new. See how many elements you can come up with. There are 470 elements to create. How many can you make? Tap on icons on the list to move elements and use the rest of the space to scroll.
iPhone, x2 iPad
Explore the periodic table like never before!
In the Elementeo App, elements have their own personalities. Oxygen becomes Oxygen Life-Giver, Sodium becomes Sodium-Dragon, and Helium becomes Helium Genie. See 36 elements come to life, build the rest of the periodic table, and create element characters of your own!
iPad only, US only
Did you ever wonder why the periodic table is shaped the way it is, what gives each element its own unique set of properties, or even how elements combine to make everyday objects such as a cup of coffee? With "NOVA Elements," explore an interactive periodic table, play a game hosted by David Pogue, or watch the two-hour NOVA program, "Hunting the Elements."