Today’s Best Educational Apps for Kids list is Best Science apps for middle school and upper elementary kids (Age 10 to 15). I did not include those animal related apps, as there will be a separate list of “Best Educational Apps for Kids” on ”Nature and Animals”. Most science apps I listed for kids age 6 to 10 are also appropriate for this age group. You can find that list by visiting Best Science Apps for Elementary School Kids. If you know any good science apps for kids age 10 to 15, please leave the app name in a comment. I will update the list periodically.
Best Science Apps for Middle School and Upper Elementary School Kids
VideoScience (Free): the app has a growing library of over 80 hands-on science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. All lessons are 3-4 minutes long videos. Each video demonstrates an inexpensive and easy to recreate science experiment. Although kids can conduct most of the experiments, parents should be involved in the process.
Britannica Kids: Volcanoes ($4.99): Like other Britannica Kids apps, this one integrates multimedia materials teaching kids everything about volcanoes: the Erupting Earth, Lava and Magma, Types of Volcano, Decade Volcanoes, and more. Games are there to reinforce what kids have learned from reading. Quizes are the best way to know how much the kids have learned.
Britannica Kids: Solar System ($4.99): with similar structures of other Britannica Kids Apps, this app takes kids exploring the eight major planets and their moons, the sun, comets, asteroids, gravity, and space… Other topics covered: Formation of the Solar System, Studying and Exploring the Solar System. There are games and quizes, like other titles in the series.
Chemist ($4.99): it is like a Chemistry Lab on the iPAD. Kids has the freedom to test out their chemistry hypothesis without worrying the potential explosion. It is a perfect gift for those who are taking chemistry classes. However, younger kids in elementary school can also explore some elements and experiments on their own.
Science 360 (Free): scroll the 3D sphere that is made of thumbnails of various science photos and videos, tap on any one of those thumbnails to bring up the recent updates from National Science Foundation (NSF) or institutions funded by NSF. All contents are multimedia and are updated weekly, so you always get the most recent development of science and technology.
NASA App (Free): carries a wealth of NASA information right on your iPad. The app collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated mission information, images, videos. It has informations about the planets, live streaming of NASA TV, on demand NASA video, … The part I love the most is the thousands of laest images.
3D Brain (Free): It is fun turning the 3D brain around and see the different parts of the brain. Kids can see how brain is structured and how different parts of the brain control different functions of our bodies. Even though some young kids may not fully understand some of the readings, it is still helpful to understand how our bodies work.
Curiosity School (Free): a free app with science experiment instructions and explanations. All instructions are in videos, which make it very easy to follow. The materials are easy to find at home, and all experiments are easy to do, even for young children.
What is your child’s favorite science app? Please leave a comment with app name. Thanks!
Have kids in early elementary schools? Check out the Best Science Apps for Early Elementary Kids. For all best educational app lists, please visit Best Educational Apps for Kids page.
Curiosity school is cool. This is a great list!
Clarify Learning Academy has courses in the human body, cell biology, and others. It contains 3D animations, quizzes, and games!
Thanks Julia. I will check it out.
I will have to check out some of these apps, my step daughter is 12!
These are great apps, we use most of them regularly.
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It’s good to see many educational apps available, and I especially like the science ones.
It is amazing what is out there. I feel I am in a treasure hunt everyday!
A very useful site you have here. It will surely be of help to kids 🙂
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These look cool, and reasonably priced- thanks for the ideas!
In general, apps are priced lower than other learning materials. I don’t think it will be like this in the near future, since compare to the work required and continuous updates they have to do, I think in general apps are under priced. — so stack up when you can, the price will gradually go up – I think.
Nice website for helping us wade thru all the apps out there!
Thank you! Hope you find some apps you can use.
Great list. I am looking for more science apps for my son. I wanted to share the ones we played with: http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2011/11/friday-find-ipadiphone-science-apps-kids-ages/
Thanks for sharing. Some are familiar, some are not. I will for sure take a look.
Amazingly, most of the apps are FREE!
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