Mobile Apps - Science
All Apps are IOS and only include an Android version if there is a link listed in the description or as an additional app below the iOS version.
Smithsonian Channel App allows users to keep up with Smithsonian Channel's original series and documentaries, and explore our vast video library with our award-winning universal iPhone & iPad app. A brand new way to watch, find, and explore over 1,000 short videos and free full episodes. It also allows users to personalize their own version of the channel by selecting their favorite topics. iOS only
Elements 4D by DaQRI (ANDROID LINK) is part educational story and part game, the Elements 4D app offers a new, fun way to experience augmented reality and learn about real-life chemistry.
Paired with either paper or wood blocks that are inscribed with the symbols of 36 elements from the periodic table, this app will instantly transform a simple, inanimate object into dynamic, dimensional, 4D representations of each element. Students can also use the app with paper-craft blocks that educators can print out for free and make at home. Just download the following images and follow the folding instructions to create your own paper-craft blocks at http://elements4d.daqri.com/documents/elements-blocks-all.pdf.
To get started, aim the app viewfinder at Elements 4D interactive block and watch it come to life. Next, introduce a second block into view, put them together, and see how they react! (Runs smoother on the iOS app versus the Android.)
With goREACT, you can become a virtual chemist. From the Chicago Science and Industry Museum. Whether you're a novice or expert, the free play and guided modes make it fun and fascinating. ANDROID LINK
- Initiate nearly 300 virtual chemical reactions by dragging elements into the Reaction Area.
- Select alternate views of the Periodic Table to discover different aspects of the elements’ chemical properties.
- Touch any of the Periodic Table's 118 elements to see an image and fun fact about it.
Physics Toolbox Suite is an app that has a multitude of scientific tools that any mobile device can emulate. Weather students need a gyroscope, GPS, light meter, UV meter, barometer, pitch detector, color detector or tone generator, plus many more, this app can do it. This website will connect educators to either the Google Play store or Apple store to download the correct suite or tool needed. Choose from the menu bar at the top of the website to be directed to the correct device store. Apps work on both phones and tablets.
Physics Playground let's students discover and explore the physics in their own movements. Record a video of students, tap points along the way to trace a path of motion, and discover the motion, forces, and energy involved. Educators can make Newton’s Laws of motion come alive with an app. Sign up for a free account to access lesson plans, inspirations, and join a community of educators making inspiring learning experiences with Noticing Tools. Ideal for middle and high school school science classrooms, Playground Physics and accompanying curriculum activities are aligned to and embody the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by integrating core ideas, scientific practices, and cross-cutting concepts.
Solve the outbreak (ANDROID LINK) places users in the mission to get clues and analyze data to solve the outbreak and save lives! In this fun app, you get to be the Disease Detective.
Do students quarantine the village? Interview people who are sick? Run more lab tests? The better students answers, the higher they score - and the quicker they will climb the ranks to become a decorated Disease Detective. In level 1, students start out as a Trainee and can earn badges by solving scenarios, with the goal of earning the top rank: Disease Detective.
Leaf Snap is the first in a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves. Leafsnap contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruits, petioles, seeds, and bark to aid identification. These high-resolution images were created by the conservation organization Finding Species. iOS only