Top 10 Free Apps for Physical Science

SaganOne 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.
Science360Science 360 for iPad – National Science Foundation
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.

– Spectacular images from NSF-funded institutions available in high resolution for download to your iPad
– Fun and engaging streaming video (WiFi or 3G connection required) on a wide range of topics
– Hundreds of images and videos to experience, with new content added weekly
– Share images and videos on Facebook and Twitter or via email
– Keep abreast of breaking stories in scientific discovery as they happen with the in-app news feed
– Pan through content in the unique 360 view or find content via keyword with a simple two finger touch
– With a single touch, save favorite images and video within the app so that they can easily be found again

Video scienceVideoScience – Object Enterprises
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.
Sagan claendarSagan Calendar – Universe Chronology 3D HD – Intergraphics, LLC
 (Free, with $1.99 in-app for full version)
The late Carl Sagan, astronomy professor at my alma mater Cornell University and famous for saying “Billions and billions,” now has a cool app based on his book The Dragons of Eden.
The most important stages of the Universe history are presented in the app: Bing Bang, galaxies and Solar System formation, Milky Way Galaxy, origin of life on the Earth, atmosphere formation, first photosynthetic organisms, eukaryotes and worms, fish and insects, animals and amphibians, trees, reptiles, dinosaurs, mammals, birds, plants, flowers, primates, hominids, humans, skyscrapers and others!
PearsonLanguage Central for Science – Pearson Education, Inc.
Earth Science Edition 
Physical Science Edition 
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.

Cursiosity machineCuriosity Machine – Iridescent
Real science happens out in the real world so use this app to step away from the screen and participate in actual experiements. I for one am quite interested in making the perfect dip by tracking acidity of the ingredients.
The Curiosity Machine is a collection of exciting (and sometimes very challenging) experiments and projects designed to encourage curiosity, creativity and persistence!
LEARN: view videos of actual engineers and scientists talking to children about the inventions and projects they work on.
CREATE: get ideas from the videos and create your very own invention. Share your adventure photos and videos, sketches or writing.
EARN: Once you create an invention and share it, you will receive feedback from real, live engineers and learn how to make your invention better. What is more, you will be awarded with a badge. You can earn badges and become a Builder, Engineer and finally an Inventor.
Science bearScience Bear – Eggyolk Software
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!
NASANASA App – NASA Ames Research Center
(iPad) (iPhone)
• Current NASA mission information
• Over 156,000 images (and growing everyday)
• Latest news & feature stories
• On demand NASA Videos from around the agency
• Live streaming of the NASA TV
• Third Rock internet streaming radio
• Launch information & countdown clocks
• Sighting opportunities (visible passes for the ISS)
• ISS and Earth orbiting satellite trackers
• Featured content section
• Latest tweets from around the agency
• Programs section
Little alchemyLittle Alchemy – Jakub Koziol
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 360 elements to create. How many can you make?
ElementeoElementeo – Alchemist Empire, Inc.
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!

NOVANOVA Elements App – PBS
(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.”


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