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10 STEM Apps for Kids in 2019

These engaging games introduce kids to science, tech, engineering, and math (STEM).  STEM involves introducing children to new concepts through activities and games. It essentially helps them live the concepts rather than only reading about them. 

Exposing kids to simple STEM ideas at an early age today sets a foundation for higher learning tomorrow. STEM apps push kids to expand their horizons, experiment, problem solve, and accept failure as a means to success.

Whether you’re a teacher or a parent, these STEM apps are a great investment in your student's learning in the classroom and at home.

Crazy Gears

( iPad - £2.49 )

Science

Crazy Gears is a problem-solving game that gets kids thinking critically, problem solving, and exploring physics and other STEM topics. This engaging puzzle-like app asks students to construct gears to complete each level. Users will be introduced to important STEM skills that connect to tasks across disciplines. This is a really creative, highly accessible and fun option for exploring physics and engineering.

Other science apps include Monster Physics and Simple Physics.


Technology (Coding)

Hopscotch provides a scaffolding learning for coding. This app empowers the students to experiment and create their own coding. Hopscotch teaches kids to code using simple, intuitive building blocks. Kids can create games, animations and other programs in this colorful, interactive environment.

Other coding apps include ScratchJr and LightBot.



Engineering

The Robot Factory by Tinybop is an exploratory app as kids build their dream bots in this beautiful robot factory. Kids who love to create, design, and experience free play can mix and match 50+ unique parts to experiment with different designs. The Robot Factory's is best for builder-types who have the patience to explore and stick to a task without a lot of reinforcement. 

Other engineering apps include Newtonium and Bridge Constructor.



Monster Maths

( iPad - Free )

Math

Monster Math is a great iPad app that provides interactive and challenging math games to help students learn and practice core math skills that include addition, subtraction, division, times tables and basic problem solving. Unlike flash cards or simple quiz based apps, Monster Math’s core game mechanics are designed to quiz multiple skills at once and guide kids towards answers.

Check out other maths apps here.


Solar Walk™ - Planets System, Orbits, Moons & Size

( Android - £1.82 , iPad - £2.29 )

Space

Explore the solar system, read details about planets, learn about space missions (and view satellite models), travel through space and time, watch movies about Earth, and get a bird's-eye view of the entire galaxy. The interactive environment allows you to zoom from one cosmic body to the next to discover facts or view a gallery of photos.

Other space apps include Professor Astro Cat's Solar system and Nasa Now.


NOVA Elements

( iPad - Free )

Nova Elements is a fun STEM app that helps kids to learn about atoms, molecules, the periodic table of elements, and how the elements are used in everyday applications. Kids can build their own atoms by adding the correct number of protons, neutrons, and electrons to a diagram based on atomic number and weight. 
 
Kids also can build molecules by dragging atoms to the correct place on a ball-and-stick model. NOVA Elements provides a wealth of information through text and audio descriptions of the elements and through a video hosted by an entertaining narrator, David Pogue. 

Star Walk Kids: Astronomy Game

( Android - Free , iPad - £2.99 )

Star Walk Kids - Astronomy for Children is a friendly moo-cow takes space-curious kids on a mapped journey of the solar system. Kids are launched into space, where audio and animated videos introduce stars, planets, and other astronomical concepts. Young astronomers unlock rocket missions through quizzes about everything that they’ve learned.
 
An assessment or game would be a great way for kids to apply what they learn. Star Walk Kids is a solid resource for kids just beginning to wonder about the starry skies. 

Prodigy Math Game

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Prodigy is a free, selfpaced math game that is curriculum-aligned for grades 1-8. As players compete in math duels against in-game characters, it borrows elements from role-playing games (RPGs) such as Pokemon. To win, they must answer sets of questions. Children have to solve math challenges to progress in the game.
 
It offers content from every major math topic and covers 1,300+ skills from 1st to 8th grade, as well as DoK levels one to three. Children get personalized math content based on their strengths and weaknesses. These fun incentives boost the time spent learning and answering math questions.

Play and Learn Science

( iPad - Free )

Dot, Dee, Del, and Dash take your budding STEM enthusiast through different concepts like physics, weather, and math. Play and Learn Science has 15 categories of activities that are simple daily tasks. An enthusiastic voice narrates kids’ actions and guides them through different scenarios.
 
Parents can view detailed reports including screenshots of their kids’ activities and get tips for bringing the activities to life.

IXL app covers content to support nearly any lesson, with more than 5,000 skills covering maths and English. The IXL app is tailor-made for tablets and phones, with a fun, immersive experience for learners of all levels. 
 
IXL has greatly helped to fill learning gaps and has provided accountability for progress and time-on-task behavior. This program takes the frustration out of math because it allows the student to practice at his/her own pace and stay focused.

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