10 next-generation science apps for education

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


The Next Generation Science Standards are a new set of standards that provide consistent science education through all grades, with an emphasis on technology and engineering.

eSchool News readers have shown a strong interest in learning more about how apps can help educators improve learning and deliver instruction more efficiently. One reader recommended using the OnScreen DNA Model, OnScreen Gene Transcription, and OnScreen DNA Replication for teaching DNA structure and function via interactive 3D simulations.

Another reader shared a personal favorite science app called The Atomic Dashboard, which teaches about the chemical elements and the periodic table.

We have compiled our own list of the the top 10 next-generation science apps for education. 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, iPadAndroid 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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Meris Stansbury

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