4 Excellent STEM Apps for the Summer

Learn about some of KinderTown's favorite STEM apps that your family can enjoy this summer.

GoldiBlox: Adventures in Coding- The Rocket Cupcake Co

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Help! Someone recorded a birthday on the calendar but didn’t include the name with the date. Whose birthday is it? Goldie has a solution. She’ll make cupcakes for everyone in the town. In order to do that, she needs help from Ruby Rails to solve the puzzles and make the cupcakes fast and efficiently.  As your child solves the puzzles, they are learning beginning coding skills. Along the way, take a break and enjoy a mini-game or play with the stickers you have earned in your room. The app costs $2.99 and is appropriate for children ages 5-8.

 

Monster Physics™

Monster Physics

Monster Physics™ helps your child learn physics and so much more. Spend time on the “learn” page, where parents and kids learn physics vocabulary together. Move through the missions, starting with the “tutorial” level that introduces necessary strategies and tools. There are 50 different missions that can be accessed at any time with enough content available for a long shelf life. “Free build” is a personal favorite for watching kids invent to learn. In addition to all the physics, this app cultivates innovation, strategy, and persistence, which are not skills to be neglected. The full version costs $1.99 and is appropriate for children ages 6-8.

 

Toca Lab

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Toca Lab is the chemistry lab for young kids, and it is the perfect place for exploring how different materials interact. The app is designed around the world of a science lab. The incredible part is that children do not have to be able to read or understand all there is to know about chemistry in order to engage in tinkering in the lab. As children tinker with the “elements”, they create new “elements” for their own periodic table. Please note that the “elements” and periodic table are not based on actual scientific reactions but rather give children the understanding that, when elements are placed under certain conditions, a new element can be created. Be sure to provide lots of vocabulary and ask your child lots of questions while using the app. For example: What do you think is happening? How can you change the current state? What happens if you add water? Encourage them to ask questions, too. This app will make your child feel like they have all the tools of a mad scientist! The app costs $2.99 and is appropriate for children ages 4-8.

 

Piiig Labs: Science Experiments for Kids

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Science experimentation without the mess! Thank you, Piiig Labs, for this inquisitive app that brings science-friendly activities to preschoolers. The budding scientist in your house will love making a volcano erupt, building a light bulb, and tinkering with a radio. The app does touch on themes such as electricity, chemical reactions, and cause and effect, but the app is designed for children ages 3-6, so the activities are age-appropriate. Each experiment is accompanied by a short science fact for kids. The app costs $2.99 and is available for iPad only.

 

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4 Superb Science Apps for Kids

Science topics are great to explore with young children because they are naturally curious and inquisitive.

Science topics are great to explore with young children because they are naturally curious and inquisitive. Delight in sharing these apps with your child! Be sure to include lots of natural dialog and answer and encourage their questions. They’ll be learning so much in the process. For more KinderTown approved science apps, download the free KinderTown app, the educational app store for parents, and check out the science category.

 

The Human Body by Tinybop

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The Human Body is an app made for exploring and asking questions. There is animation to accompany the 6 different body systems. Encourage and answer your child’s questions while exploring, and they will direct the learning that occurs. Tap different parts of the brain and an animation occurs depicting what that area of the brain controls. Also note that the app does perform functions of the body that may make some children say “yuck,” such as burping and throwing up. The app is not narrated, so parents need to provide the support for the learning In addition, the app offers a parent section and an option to set up multiple profiles for different children. Children can record questions while using the app, and parents can respond to them. Tinybop has even made a helpful parent guide to accompany the app. We highly recommend downloading it and using it with your child. It’s perfect for answering the tough questions your child may ask. In the parent’s section, the urogenital section is available for purchase so you decide when that is right for your child. This app is brilliantly designed for discovery and appropriate for children ages 6 and up and priced at $2.99 for iphone and iPad.

 

Happy Little Farmer

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Welcome to your own personal fruit and vegetable farm! This app is adorable and you will fall in love with it! Kids take on the role of the farmer and complete the tasks associated with growing food. The background music plays familiar nursery rhyme tunes. From the menu children choose the garden, tractor or monster area to play. Children are engaged in play but certainly learning about how food grows in a very age appropriate way. They can dig the holes for the seeds, plant the seeds, water the plants, and harvest the vegetables and even chase the unwanted bugs away. The app does not contain narration, so parents, talk to your children about what is happening as they complete all the interactive areas. Children earn stickers along the way for extra motivation and are able to navigate the app independently. This app is appropriate for young explorers ages 3-5 and is priced at $2.99 for iPhone and iPad.

 

Toca Lab

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Toca Lab is the chemistry lab for young kids! The perfect place for exploring how different materials interact. The app is geniously designed around the world of a science lab. The incredible part is that children do not have to be able to read or understand all there is to know about chemistry to engage in tinkering in the lab. As children tinker with the “elements” they create new “elements” for their own periodic table. Please note that the “elements” and periodic table are not based on the actual scientific reactions occurring, but rather give children the understanding that when elements are placed under certain conditions a new element can be created. Be sure to provide lots of vocabulary and ask your child lots of questions while using the app. For example: What do you think is happening? Encourage them to ask questions too. This app will make your child feel like they have all the tools of a mad scientist! The app is available for $2.99 and is appropriate for children ages 4-8 and designed for the iPhone and iPad.

 

Kid Weather

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Do I have to wear a coat today? Will it rain? Can I wear shorts? Let your child check the weather and answer these questions with the app, Kid Weather. Created by meteorologist, Justin Berk and his son, the app makes weather interesting for young kids to explore. Like other weather apps, you can add your specific locations so try adding your hometown and other locations that are familiar to your child. In addition to showing the temperature and a child dressed appropriately for the current weather, the app includes a trivia and a graphing section. Use these sections with your child to support their understanding of weather terminology and trends over time. The app is available for $1.99 for iPhone and iPad and is appropriate for children ages 4-8.

 

Show What You Know: Track the Weather

 

The weather is something real and tangible that children can relate to which makes it a great early learning science topic. Begin to record the weather daily using a weather chart. Create your own chart to hang in your home. You could choose different areas to examine each day according to child’s interests and science learning level. In addition, choose a common household item to represent different types of weather, for example a cotton ball for a cloud, a blue circle sticker for rain, and a round noodle for a sun. Each day examine the weather and choose an object to glue on the chart. For older students, you could track more complicated topics like the temperature, humidity or percent chance of precipitation. No matter which level you choose, after a period of time discuss trends, patterns and compare different categories. Which type of weather did we have most often? Which category had the least? What trends can you conclude from the data? You are now analyzing data with your child, a valuable science skill.

 

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