Teaching science isn’t always easy – especially for younger students who can’t grasp some of the more complicated concepts. Heading out to a museum is one way to get some ‘hands- on’ experience with different aspects of science, but luckily, the mobile technology bandwagon has grown to the point where there are a lot of apps available to bring the hands-on experience to you and your students.
Check out the 5 apps we’ve selected below that help to teach a variety of science concepts to younger learners.
Video Science is an app that is basically a library of hands on science lessons via video. Currently free, the app offers over 80 videos on topics ranging from chemical changes to various aspects of engineering, it can offer some visually interesting experiments that you might not be able to do in your classroom. While many of the concepts are much more complicated than you’d explain to an elementary level students, these are fun experiments that help to get the basics across.
This free NASA app allows users to explore the many aspects of the agency (and is appropriate for users of all ages, too!). Younger learners will be fascinated with the missions, images, and videos (some from the famous Hubble Space Telescope) that help them to see and understand space and our planet.
Geo Dash Wild Animal Adventure is a free app put out by National Geographic that is an educational game about animals. In order to continue playing, you must learn interesting facts about animals to proceed to higher levels. Helps kids to think about the different types of animals, their habitats, and what they eat and can do.
A Life Cycle App follows a variety of things through their life cycles to help young learners understand the various stages from how life starts to adulthood and how life starts all over again. Currently offers the life cycle of: frog, water, butterfly, plants, pollination, photosynthesis, moon phases, nitrogen cycle, oxygen cycle, and rock. At only $1.99 offers a lot of bang for your buck for topics that are in most elementary curricula.
Dinosaurs: The American Museum of Natural History Collections is an app that offers a mosaic of over 1000 photos from the museums archive that have been woven together to tell the story of the tyrannosaurus rex. Each interactive photograph includes information about where the fossil was found and the paleontologist who uncovered it, and you can add notes on photos and read other users’ comments on each photo. The app is free, and is a fun way to encourage young students to learn more about dinosaurs, paleontologists and science more generally.