Science and technology are transforming the ways we teach, work, learn, and live. Parents and teachers should work together to equip students with the STEM skills they may need to succeed in the future. Fifteen of the 20 fastest growing careers require a background in STEM subjects, while the Department of Education estimates that 33% of occupations will be STEM-based by 2020.
One of the most fun – and most effective – ways to teach STEM skills is through interactive apps. The following are just a few of the many age appropriate and educational STEM apps available for students. Using these apps can help children develop STEM skills that they can use both in and out of the classroom – as well as in their future.
Children explore the fun side of physics as they design their own experiments using the six simple machines. Using levers, pulleys, inclined planes, wedges, axles, and wheels, students can create devices to destroy castles, send satellites into orbit, and more. The app also includes the free download of a handbook further explaining concepts such as force, conservation of energy, and mechanical advantages.
An educational app disguised as a game, Basketball Fall encourages students to hone physics concepts such as the effects of gravity, arcs, and predicting angles as they work their way through progressively difficult scenarios.
Hopscotch teaches children to code and create their own games. Easy-to-follow tutorials allow students to work at their own pace and keep new learners from becoming frustrated and giving up. Kids can write code to mimic their favorite games or create entirely new programs.
In The Robot Factory, students can build and design their own robots. With 100 different available parts, there are thousands of unique combinations children can create. Once a robot is complete, it can be tested on a physics-based obstacle course on its ability to jump, move, and avoid obstacles. This encourages students to develop their creative thinking and problem solving skills.
Blokify teaches the basics of computer aided design and 3D modeling software; children can opt for a guided building experience or create free-form Blok models. When finished, models can be printed using 3D printer software either at home, at school, or through a service provided by the Blokify app.