Science Apps

Middle School - via

New! 50 Best iPad Apps for STEM Education

  • Bobo Explores Light – A great app that explores 21 in-depth topics including lasers, telescopes, lightning, reflection, bioluminescence, and sunlight
  • 3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool – Learn about the cell and its structures in a 3D tool.
  • EMD PTE – A highly interactive periodic table of elements.
  • VideoScience – Science experiments with video.
  • The Elements: A Visual Exploration – If you think you’ve seen the periodic table, think again. The Elements: A Visual Exploration lets you experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of our universe in a way you’ve never seen before. And as the first really new ebook developed from the ground up for iPad, The Elements beautifully shows off the capabilities of this lovely device.
  • A Life Among Whales – Video documentary featuring the exploration into the life and work of whale biologist Roger Payne
  • Newtons Laws – Explains Newton’s first two laws of motion and his law of universal gravitation.
  • Periodic Table of the Elements – Standard periodic table of elements. Free as of May 16, 2010
  • Molecules – View and manipulate 3D renderings of molecules.
  • 3D Brain – Rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures in the brain.
  • Science Glossary – an extensive glossary of scientific terms and biographies.
  • myArm Muscles – Visually rich and stimulating way to learn about our complex arm muscles.
  • HD Birds Encyclopedia – Highly graphic encyclopedia that has detailed and comprehensive information about a variety of birds.
  • HD Marine Life – An encyclopedia of marine life.
  • Frog Dissection – A virtual frog dissection app.
  • iCell - iCell gives students, teachers, and anyone interested in biology a 3D view inside a cell. Included are examples of three types of cells: animal, plant, and bacteria. Learn about the various parts of the cell, basic for elementary students; intermediate for middle school students; and advanced for high school students.
  • Tick Bait's Universe- Explore the really, really large and the very, very small by expanding or reducing Tick Bait in his back yard 10 times each click. Each click explains what you are seeing, microscopic if you are reducing or expanding out to the universe if you click the x10 button. Great to use with microscopes or space.
  • QuakeFeed - This app shows important details for the earthquake, like magnitude, location, time, distance from your location. It also has a link to the USGS page for the earthquake, which opens in the app, and there you can see intensity maps, felt reports and technical data if you're interested.
  • Exploriments Electricity- Simple Electrical CircuitsElectricity - Simple Electrical Circuits in Series, Parallel & Combination With this app you can move around the wires, bulbs, switches and a wide selection of components to build circuits the way you want.
  • Planets

John MacFarlane's Science Apps- Rampart Physics
  • NASA VIZHigh School/Middle School- NASA Viz This App is Nasa's Visualization Explorer. Have you ever wanted to gather those cool visuals and videos from NASA satellites and remote sensing instruments? This is the app. Very well done, if the topic applies to what you want to teach about.
  • NASA Explore NASA on your iPad. Find information on the planets, launch dates, NAS locations, current satellites (when launched and why), etc.
  • Convert!!! This app is a nice way to use your phone to convert between British and SI system units. There are many out there, but this is the most user friendly one I have found.
  • Dog Whistler This app is a nice frequency generator for physics classes. You can enter the frequency in Hz that you want to hear from 40 Hz to over 20,000 Hz. If you plug the output into speakers, you can do all sorts of experiments with sound in the classroom without buying an expensivev function generator. Can't find link on the app store, but I have the app on my iPad and iPhone.
  • TouchCalc This is the best calculator on the market for HS use. The free version is now riddled with advertisements that have limited the button sizes, but for 99 cents, the upgrade is worth it. You can do any scientific functions along with a STAT mode where you can find standard deviation etc. I use this in the classroom to model plugging things into the calculator. It is the one stop shop for students wanting a calculator in their pockets. Graphing functions are not available, but my classes use Excel.
  • Moon Globe: Have you ever needed to point out where the Apollo landings were on the moon? How about the names of craters? This app is a globe of the moon! Talk to your students about the mountains on the moon being higher than Mt. Everest, since astronauts would be standing on the bottom of the ocean floor! This app is probably best for grades 9-12. Sincerely, John MacFarlane, Rampart HS