If you are a student, a teacher, a parent or just a science enthusiast, you can now expand your knowledge about science in a somewhat enjoyable and convenient method using your iPad. By downloading educational iPad apps designed for science learning, you can have access to vast storehouse of knowledge right there on your tablet.
You just have to tap your iPad and there you are, exploring the realms of science in a fun, exciting, colorful and in some cases, realistically illustrated method. That’s what these iPad apps for science are all about. Here you will find science apps for elementary graders, high school students, college students, etc. for free, and some for only a dollar or two. Either way, these apps are all great in their own topic of interest.
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Science360 for iPad – Free
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.
Molecules – Free
Molecules is an application for viewing three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulating them using your fingers. You can rotate the molecules by moving your finger across the display, zoom in or out by using two-finger pinch gestures, or pan the molecule by moving two fingers across the screen at once. These structures can be viewed in both ball-and-stick and spacefilling visualization modes.
Have you ever built a Solar system model? Cups, bowls, and papier-mache balls are in the past, because Solar Walk is a time-sensitive accurate information-packed interactive model of the Solar system and the Milky Way galaxy. This 3D Solar System model lets you navigate through space and time, see all the planets in close-up, learn their trajectories, inner structures, history of their exploration, points of interest and more. It even has detailed 3D models of the most interesting man-made satellites. Use 3D mode to get a more realistic experience and zoom out to view and spin the entire Galaxy!
Particle Zoo – Free
Would you like to get to know the particles that make up our universe a little better? Then carry this convenient list of subatomic particles in your pocket! Based on The Particle Zoo plushies.
Skeptical Science – Free
Ever heard someone claim Global Warming isn’t happening? Did their explanation seem wrong but you didn’t know why? Skeptical Science helps you find out what the peer reviewed science has to say about global warming. The easy navigation by skeptical argument allows you to take a statement and find out for yourself whether it is based on credible science or not.
This is a standard periodic table of the elements – a necessity for anyone interested in or even exposed chemistry. However, the version differs in that instead of cramming all the information for an element into one little square, you can select a chemical attribute and have the entire chart color coded to plainly show how the different elements vary with regard to the selected trait.
3D Cell – Free
Learn about the cell and all its structures using our new 3D Cell iPhone application tool. Enjoy the ability to rotate the cell 360 degrees and zoom in on any cell structure. Visit the cell structure screen and learn more about how each structure functions. In this application you can also watch videos from our live cell video library as well.
iLab: Timer – $0.99
Harnessing the simplicity found in physical laboratory timers, iLab: Timer brings accurate, simple, and easy timing to the iPad. Up to 10 independent timers can be set, timing simultaneously, and customizable depending upon your timing needs.
Monster Anatomy HD – Lower Limb – $18.99
Monster Anatomy HD – Lower Limb is an interactive lower limb radiology atlas presented at the 2009 Radiological Society of North America annual meeting. The application was developed in the Medical Imaging Department of the University Hospital Center of Nancy, France, under the supervision of Professor Alain Blum. This application is designed for healthcare professionals (Radiologists, General Practitioners, Orthopedists, Surgeons, Physiotherapists among others) as well for students, as a reference and learning tool. It contains 384 contiguous MR slices (4-5 mm thickness) in the three anatomical planes.
Do you like stars? Star Walk is a stellar augmented reality app that labels all the stars, constellations, and satellites you point your iPad at. You can track the ISS, find out what constellation you’ve been looking at from your bedroom window and get a lot of exciting and educative information. Combine that with the amazing Apple Design Award winning graphics and highest quality content, you get the magic so highly praised by those who have tried it.
NASA App HD – Free
Come explore with NASA. Now on your iPad. It features thousands of images from NASA IOTD, APOD and NASAImages.org as well as on demand NASA Videos from around the agency. You can also enjoy live streaming of NASA TV; gain access to current NASA Mission Information, launch information and countdown clocks and many more.
Mars Globe HD – $0.99
Take a tour of the mysterious Red Planet. This virtual globe combines a high-resolution satellite map with laser altimeter data and advanced topographic lighting to present the planet Mars as it appears from above. An Introduction and Guided Tour present some of Mars’ most intriguing features. You can leave the guided tour and explore Mars as you like; over 1500 surface features have been annotated with information and links. Mars Globe HD is a must-have app for anyone interested in our solar system.
Science Glossary – Free
A glossary of scientific terms and short biographies that support the science education website,http://www.visionlearning.com. All definitions link to related terms and to free, detailed science learning modules. Though geared for high school and undergraduate students using our website, the glossary and modules are appropriate for anyone generally interested in science.
PLoS Reader – Free
Read the most recent articles from the seven journals published by the Public Library of Science. PLoS Reader is designed just for the iPad and features a full-screen, page-turning interface.
WolframAlpha – $2.99
Remember the Star Trek computer? It’s finally happening–with WolframAlpha. Building on 25 years of development led by Stephen Wolfram, WolframAlpha has rapidly become the world’s definitive source for instant expert knowledge and computation. Across thousands of domains–with more continually added–WolframAlpha uses its vast collection of algorithms and data to compute answers and generate reports for you.Parts of WolframAlpha are used in the Apple Siri Assistant; this app gives you access to the full power of the WolframAlpha computational knowledge engine across varied domains like, mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, astronomy, earth science, and many others.
Mitosis – Free
How do cells divide to grow new hair, repair your skin, or strengthen your bones? Mitosis walks you through the process of cell division, and explains everything that happens along the way. You’ll usher cells through mitosis with your fingers, learning about what happens in each phase of the process. You can also look at images of actual cells dividing under a microscope and see the actual structures you’ve studied.
Buffers – $1.99
Buffers is a scientific tool for designing buffer solutions for pH control. Buffers is useful both as a handy reference of available buffering agents and as an accurate, portable buffer calculator for chemical, biochemical and biological research.
Touch Physics HD – $2.99
Touch Physics HD is a collection of 89 new and beautifully hand drawn levels devised by the professor in his lab. They are as progressively challenging as the original Touch Physics and Touch Physics 2. Are you up to this new challenge? Can you defy the laws of physics and control the wheel’s destiny in order to complete all 89 levels? You can even change the laws of physics to suit your gameplay! Draw shapes that interact with the wheel, causing it to move according to physical laws. When it reaches the star, the level is complete.
Vernier Video Physics – $2.99
Vernier Video Physics for iOS brings physics video analysis to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Take a video of an object in motion, mark its position frame by frame, and set up the scale using a known distance. Video Physics then draws trajectory, position, and velocity graphs for the object. Share video, graphs and data to facebook, your Photo Library and to your computer running Vernier’s Logger Pro software. Video Physics is perfect for physics students and instructors. Perform on-the-go analysis of interesting motions.
Pocket Heart – $6.99
Whether you’re a human biology student needing to learn, understand and memorize all of the anatomical features and functions of the heart, or a health care professional looking for a novel way of communicating a diagnosis or procedure to a patient, colleague or trainee, Pocket Heart’s unique 3D interface can facilitate this. – Students: You can use this App as a study tool to help you brush up on your knowledge of the heart in preparing for your human biology exams. – Doctors/Health Care Professionals: This app offers you a unique communication resource on which to demonstrate your diagnoses and surgical procedures to patients. – Parents: Use Pocket Heart as an educational aid in showing your children how the human heart works in a fun and game-like 3D environment.
VideoScience – Free
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. VideoScience is hosted by Dan Menelly, a Science Teacher at the UN International School and a 2010 Einstein Fellow with the National Science Foundation in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure. VideoScience is proudly brought to you by Science House and the Science House Foundation.
Wonders of Geology – $12.99
Wonders of Geology has all the features of a cool science app: animated diagrams, pinch and zoom, thumbnail navigation, maps, etc. But like a great book it also has an author, a man with a passion for his subject and a desire to share it with others. It’s as if we’re with Michael Collier in the cockpit of his Cessna. As we look out at the spectacular landscape, he speaks to us. Mystery becomes understanding; the wonders of the earth shine.
Frog Dissection – $3.99
Frog Dissection from Punflay, is a greener alternative for teaching dissection in the classroom. This iPad app is suitable for middle-school students who are learning about organs and organ systems as part of their life science curriculum. Students can try dissecting a virtual specimen with all the trappings that come with the real procedure-minus the mess of course! Besides a virtual chloroformed specimen, the app comes with all the dissection tools and detailed instructions to complete the procedure. Once dissection is complete, the frog’s organs are exposed for further study. Vivid 3D images will help students visualize the internal organs very effectively. For enhanced learning experience, the app also has information on the different types of frogs, frogs’ life cycle, anatomical comparison of frogs with humans, an interactive quiz and detailed descriptions of the organs.
Ultimate Dinopedia – $4.99
The National Geographic Kids Ultimate Dinopedia is the most complete, most beautiful, and most up-to-date look at the dinosaur world. It bursts with astonishing artwork. It amazes with fantastic facts. It captures the newest, coolest paleontology. Meet the smallest, largest, fastest, and slowest dinosaurs known. Find out the most famous dinosaur mistakes. Judge winners in the greatest dinosaur battles of all time, and discover much more!
Weather Radar HD Lite – Free
The best selling weather radar app in the app store, expanded and updated for the iPad! Simple, fast, easy to use, gorgeous animated graphics. Includes full animated coverage of the entire U.S., as well as the latest radar imagery across the globe overlaid on three styles of scrollable, zoomable maps. In addition to weather radar and cloud cover, Weather Radar HD is a real-time weather map of the entire world with current conditions and local forecasts. Zoom and scroll and the weather conditions are updated in real time, with current condition icons and temperatures displayed right on the map. Just like the weather maps on TV!
Wild Dolphins – Free
If you know about the movie “Dolphin Tale” or are interested in Dolphins, Marine Mammals, or Ocean Science, you will love this FREE App! Wild Dolphins tells the story behind the movie “Dolphin Tale”. Interviews, videos, graphics, sounds and interactive elements provide a factual and scientific background to Winter’s miraculous rescue and recovery.
EarthObserver – $0.99
Explore your planet as never before with the mobility of EarthObserver. Use your fingertips to travel through terrestrial landscapes and across the ocean floor. Visit frozen icecaps, study geological maps, scout mountains to climb and trips on coastal waters and exploit a rich atlas of other earth and environmental imagery. EarthObserver brings to you the latest compilation of detailed ocean floor relief gathered by oceanographic research ships using modern swath mapping technologies, combined with land elevations from satellite stereo imagery.
Ocean Encounters – $1.99
Travel the Oceans of the World with Award-Winning Wildlife Photographer and Author Brandon Cole, exploring the beauty and diversity of earth’s marine life. Featuring 250 stunning images in 25 Galleries, iTunes integration and a Built-in Music Player, Facebook sharing, Map-based Navigation, Slideshow player and a save-as Wallpaper feature.
Learn Sharks – Free
Learn Sharks gives your child a fun introduction to a variety of sharks, including the fierce Great White Shark, and the friendly Whale Shark. Use this app to get to know what each one looks like and some interesting info about it, then test your knowledge using our quiz feature!
iFeltThat Earthquake – $0.99
Did you just experience an earthquake? Find out how close and how big it was with iFeltThat, the most detailed and customizable worldwide earthquake app for the iPhone and iPod touch. iFeltThat retrieves information directly from multiple official sources to show you microquake activity as low as magnitude 1.0 in most U.S. regions. Earthquake lists for U.S. regions show you more precisely where an event occurred (not just “Northern California,” but “5 mi SE of Santa Rosa, CA”). Compare the screenshots of other apps to see the difference! Rotate any list view to see the region-wide map. In addition to 20 region-specific event listings around the world, iFeltThat features a Nearby region, which uses your current location as a center point.