5 gorgeous apps to help you learn about space

STEM learning gets a boost with a handful of space-themed apps

space-STEMSTEM learning seems to be a national priority today, with calls for more computer science, engineering, and coding opportunities for students of all ages. With growing interest in the origins and workings of life in our solar system and beyond, there are more  engaging astronomy apps (with beautiful imagery) out there than ever.

In fact, using students’ interests to engage them in STEM learning opportunities is a strategy many educators employ. Encouraging students to learn about space pulls them into STEM topics while also exposing them to innovative concepts.

The website, an app resource site with more than 6,000 apps in more than 300 subcategories, offers a number of space-related apps that students and teachers might find useful in and out of the classroom.

Here, we’ve gathered a handful of those apps for each of those stages. You can find the full range of suggested apps online.

[Editor’s note: eSchool News has selected these apps, which were originally curated by Apple Distinguished Educators, that may help you meet your instructional needs.]

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1. A Solar System Journey, Free
This app brings users on a journey through our Solar System. This includes all of the planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Each planet comes with comments and facts. A close up image of the planet is also included. There is also an animated orbit for the planets.

2. Astronomy Picture of the Day, Free
Developed in partnership with NASA, Astronomy Picture of the Day for the iPhone/iPad brings the vastness of space right into your hand. Browse through decades of high resolution NASA space photos hand selected by NASA astronomers. Jump to photos by date, save them to your photo roll or share them friends. Want that latest Hubble photo as a background? Then APOD is for you.

3. Buzz Aldrin Portal to Science and Space Exploration, $1.99
This app, created by Buzz Aldrin, brings together a huge wealth of new, important and historical information about science and space exploration. Some features include live NASA streaming TV, hundreds of videos and photos of every important space initiate, both current and historic, and Roundtable discussions moderated by the top minds in the Science and Space community, and roundtable discussions moderated by the top minds in the Science and Space community.

4. Constellations Quiz Game, Free
This is an educational app that will help you learn the 88 constellations in the night sky. The app challenges you to identify a constellation by its location in the sky via a quiz game to help make learning fun. You can play with the constellation art on or off and you can zoom in on the constellations to get a better look.

5. NASA App HD, Free
This app collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated information, images and videos from various online NASA sources in a convenient mobile package.

Alex Cornacchini is an editorial intern with eSchool Media.

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