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10 next-generation science apps for education

10 next-generation science apps for education

These science apps range from visually stunning multimedia to great resources for curious minds

science-apps-educationJust like technology, science is always changing to reflect progress and information learned. With these 10 next-generation science apps for education, you’ll find an array of apps that not only use HD-quality visual representations, but also integrate the newest requirements in science standards.

From an app designed specifically by a tech-savvy science teacher eager to share multimedia lessons on life sciences, to an app that provides Kindergarteners with an introduction to physical science, these apps are some of the most current (and most vetted) for students and teachers interested in exploring the world science opens up, all through mobile technology.

This is just a sampling of available science apps. Do you use an app that isn’t on the list? Make sure to mention it in the comments section below.

[Editor’s note: Prices are current as of press time. Please note that app prices may fluctuate. Apps listed in alphabetical order.]

1. Chemist, iPad, Android tablet $4.99

This science app is one of the only virtual chemistry labs for tablets to conduct chemistry experiments and explore chemistry reactions with different lab tools. Try mixing chemicals by pouring them into beakers or test tubes. You can also heat the chemicals with a bunsen burner, or put a piece of cesium into water. The 3D stage enables the parallax effect from different angles. Chemist has a built-in database with more than 200 chemical reagents, and additional chemical reagents will be added periodically through the online database CloudLab for more chemical reactions.

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  1. clay8pdx

    January 16, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Are apps being developed for personal computers? All ten listed are for mobile devices.
    Are any of these apps are suitable for family members to guide their children or grandchildren? Only one of the ten apps includes the word “parent”.

    • akluge

      February 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      There have been Java apps for quite a while that run well on PCs and Macs. The University of Colorado has one of the largest collections.
      In the interest of producing high quality cross platform content, some of us are pushing the boundaries of what can be done with the current generation of web browser, for example these worked examples of Gauss’s Law
      or this model of the human body
      And there are many many more, all free.

  2. onscrn

    January 17, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I’d like to call attention to the suite of iPad apps for teaching DNA structure and function via interactive 3D simulations: OnScreen DNA Model, OnScreen Gene Transcription, and OnScreen DNA Replication. I’m the developer, and I can attest to their scientific fidelity. They have all been given the highest rating in the Best Science Apps section of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News.

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  4. lovemolecules

    February 3, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    There are apps for Mac personal computers in Apple’s Mac App store. A science app that teaches about the chemical elements and the periodic table is The Atomic Dashboard.