Studying can be time consuming and let’s be honest, it’s generally not considered to be fun but it is something that is essential for the development of skills and the knowledge needed for future success in STEM fields. In today’s society we have plenty of resources that can help make STEM education more accessible, engaging, and interactive. Can it be, can studying also be fun? Well whether you find studying to be fun or not is totally up to you but today’s apps can provide an excellent opportunity to learn and play at the same time. They can help kids stay engaged when researching STEM subjects or be a convenient supplement for the working college student who is always on the go struggling to find that extra time needed in order to study. These apps are inspiring kids to further pursue studies and careers in STEM fields and assisting college students with more in-depth and advanced study materials, such as graphing calculators, data analytics tools, and online courses from top universities.
When I returned to college as an older non-traditional student working full-time, there never seemed to be enough time throughout the day to dedicate towards studying. Studying was something that I knew I needed to prioritize but I also had to pay bills, keep other appointments, and focus on family. Using helpful apps became a valuable resource in a pinch. Whenever I had the rush of a thought about a particular subject and needed a way to help me retain key concepts, a useful app was right at my finger tips. With the technology available at the time, I did not give myself any excuses as to why I could not find time to study even in some of the most unconventional spots.
Although we lightly introduced a few apps in a previous post “Additional Resources for Struggling Students”, let’s take a look at a few of the top STEM apps for kids and adults today. We’ll first start off with this helpful list of fun and interactive STEM apps for kids before sharing another list for our college students and lifelong learners out there.
- ScratchJr – This app teaches children to code using a visual block-based programming language that allows them to create interactive stories, games, and animations.
- Khan Academy Kids – This app provides interactive, engaging content across a range of subjects, including math, science, and engineering, for children aged 2-7 years.
- Toca Lab – This app allows kids to explore and experiment with different elements in a virtual lab, helping them learn about chemistry in a fun and interactive way.
- DIY.org – This app offers hundreds of DIY projects in various STEM subjects, allowing kids to learn through hands-on experience and creativity.
- NASA – This app provides access to educational content, including videos, images, and interactive features that teach children about space and the universe.
- The Human Body by Tinybop – This app allows kids to explore the human body in detail, from the skeletal system to the digestive system, through interactive animations and games.
- Monster Physics – This app allows kids to build their own virtual machines and experiment with physics concepts, such as gravity, force, and motion.
- BrainPOP Jr. – This app offers animated videos and interactive quizzes on a range of STEM topics, including math, science, and engineering, designed for children aged 5-9 years.
- EarthViewer – This app teaches kids about Earth’s history and geology, allowing them to explore the planet’s changes over millions of years through interactive maps, animations, and simulations.
- Tynker – This app teaches kids to code by creating their own games, animations, and interactive stories using visual programming blocks.
In addition to these great apps for kids you can also find plenty more at the educationalappstore.com.
We haven’t forgotten about the adults out there. So for all of our lifelong learners and college students, if you’re looking for the perfect app to help you study, then hopefully we can point you in the right direction. Listed below are a few apps that will help you research a particular subject or prepare for that next exam.
- Khan Academy – This app offers comprehensive video lessons and practice exercises for a range of STEM subjects, including math, science, and engineering.
- Wolfram Alpha – It is a computational search engine that answers complex queries by performing computations on its vast database of algorithms and data.
- Photomath – This app is a smart camera calculator that uses the camera on your phone to scan and solve math problems.
- Quizlet – This app allows you to create flashcards, practice quizzes, and study games to help you learn and retain information in STEM subjects.
- Coursera – This app provides access to online courses from top universities and institutions on a variety of STEM topics.
- EdX – EdX is an app that provides access to online courses from top universities and institutions on a variety of STEM topics, including computer science, data analysis, and engineering.
- MATLAB Mobile – This app provides access to MATLAB, a powerful programming language used in various STEM fields, allowing college students to solve complex mathematical problems and perform data analysis on the go.
- Physics Toolbox Suite – This app offers a range of tools for college students studying physics, including a sensor recorder, stopwatch, and magnetic field detector, allowing them to collect data and conduct experiments using their mobile devices.
- iCircuit – This app provides a virtual circuit builder and simulator for college students studying physics, allowing them to design and simulate electrical circuits on their mobile devices.
Although the educationalappstore.com was mentioned as being a great place to find apps for kids, it also has a wonderful selection of STEM apps for adults too.
So, there we have it. These wonderful STEM apps provide a great way to learn and engage with science, technology, engineering, and math. The apps for kids provide a fun and interactive introduction to STEM concepts while the apps for adults offer powerful tools for solving complex problems, and provide virtual labs and simulations for studying physics and chemistry. These apps make STEM education more accessible, engaging, and interactive. Who knows, you might even have fun with them.
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