In the past 50 years, the tech sector has been considered a male-dominated industry. That’s because women only account for 25 percent of the jobs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics field. This is largely due to the fact that girls interest peak in these areas of interest during middle school, only to have their dreams squashed later, according to the U.S. Department Education report back in 2006. But we now have a major opportunity to reverse this trend by use of mobile devices.
So whether it’s teaching science using trivia like games, or mathematics using step-by-step animation problems, applications have proven to be an incredible learning tool for children. Devices like smartphones and iPads, not only offers children the ability to practice hands-on learning, but the various games available for kids also make learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fun for students.
By way of example, here are five educational STEM apps to consider for your students:
Project Budburst App
Project Budburst is a network of people across the United States who monitor plants as the seasons begin to change. Once the season has changed and information has been recorded, the material is then recorded based on the timing of leafing, flowering, and lastly, fruiting. The maps provided on the apps also allows students to explore, visualize, and analyze Project Budburst observations submitted throughout the years. The records go as far as 2008.
Bedtime Math App
What do electric eels, chocolate, roller coaster rides, or bright pink flamingos have in common? It’s easy, bedtime math app. The difference now, however, is the app can be used on either iPhones/iPad or Android and includes an English and Spanish version. Once the game is downloaded, students can choose to click on the “Math Problem of the Day.”
Each category has three levels of difficulty that consist of “Wee Ones, Little Ones,” and “Big Kids.” As a matter of fact, the game also has harder questions for older kids, grownups, and anyone else who’s brave enough to take on these difficult questions.
Human Body App
Human anatomy is a fun subject, and no matter what the kids want to do when they become adults, it’s never a bad idea to have some knowledge about your body and the food you put in it. The amazing illustrations and easy navigation invite kids to explore six interactive, animated layers of the human body: each consists of the skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, and digestive system.
Anything that a real body does throughout the day-to-day basis, this app does. In other words, it eats, digest, smells, listens, pumps blood through the body, get sick, burps, etc.
To begin with, you can choose and name your own avatar and use it to go through the body systems. This includes the avatar having an interactive heart, brain, eye, stomach, mouth, and much more. The app also makes use of the recording features on our smart devices by challenging students to record and capture images they can use on the app. For instance, when students go to the ear, the camera will show you how sound travels to your eardrum by either making noise, or dragging instrument sounds.
All in all, the app was designed to teach students about self-awareness. Educating children on the subjects of obesity, analyzing the three types of diabetes, smoking, and other intake that can be harmful to their body.
Rocket Science 101 App
Believe it or not, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to launch a NASA spacecraft into the Milky Way Galaxy. With NASA’s Rocket Science 101 apps, students get the opportunity of a lifetime and become a NASA rocket scientist. The app allows them to design and launch rockets into space to help them understand just how rockets work. It also lets students see the difference between the types of rockets used by NASA the most during a space mission.
Generally speaking, there are three levels, students and users alike can choose from while navigating their way through the app: the difficulty consists of levels that range from “Have Fun, to “Rocket Science.” Once the type rocket has been chosen and completed, students are then free to launch their creation into the universe.
Speaking of the universe, the Planet App provides multiple different ways students can get information about the objects above our heads in the sky. In the 2D view, for instance, users are provided with a flat basic view of the sky that includes the locations of each planet. In the 3D view, however, students get a much more in-depth view of the sky that shows stars, planets, and constellation, etc. There is also a compass feature that will orbit the screen based on the direction in which the user point the device they’re operating on.
With the Visibility feature, users can learn more interesting fact about the planets, moon, and sun just by touching the objects on the screen.
Thanks for the read! What are some other apps that can enhance STEM education amongst students? I’ll be checking for comments, so feel free to leave a comment below.