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8 Essential Android Apps for STEM Learning

8 Essential Android Apps for STEM Learning

By Andy Laramand

STEM education is the future. Every child, in every school should have the chance to combine hands-on learning with modern technology tools.

Now, more than ever, reaching this balance involves incorporating mobile apps for learning.

Thankfully, there are hundreds of intuitive applications that promote STEM learning and foster important skills like collaboration, inquiry and problem solving.

Here are some great apps to bring into your android-based classroom, whether you’re using Chromebooks, Android mobile devices or tablets.

More: 10 STEM Apps for Young Students

1. Cardboard

Experience the thrills of virtual reality with a piece of cardboard and an awesomely immersive Android app. The Cardboard app, which works directly with Google Cardboard, brings virtual reality right into the classroom!

Not only is this the easiest (and most affordable) way for students to explore VR today, it teaches kids about a popular technology that we may see more of in the future. Fly around Google Earth or enjoy a full 360-degree video to bring STEM education alive, all without leaving your classroom.

2. Discovery VR

Discovery VR sets the standard in STEM learning with 360-degree video experiences that engage, inform and teach students about the world around them. Together you can take a dive to the bottom of the ocean, explore the rain forest as if you were there, or launch into infinite space.

This app will bring the most curious of students to places they never thought they could go. With plenty of lesson and activities suggestions, Discovery VR should be at the top of your STEM learning list.

3. 3D Brain

Learning about the human body? You’ll need the engaging 3D Brain app to make it a true 21st century learning experience. The crystal-clear, rotating diagrams pinpoint each section of the brain so students get a better idea of where each is located and how they function. Designed for a high-school level anatomy class, 3D Brain offers a fascinating look into brain functions and what happens when the brain sustains an injury.

More: Why Teachers Can’t Ignore STEM Skills Any Longer

4. Toca Lab

You can’t spell STEM without “science” and Toca Lab is an ideal and interactive tool for building interest and engaging students in science lessons. Among other things, it familiarizes kids with all 188 elements of the periodic table, illustrates how they react when exposed to certain conditions, and offers real experiment ideas for them to try in class with the help of guided instructions. Toca Lab facilitates experimentation, discovery and problem solving in young students and serves as a phenomenal starting point for further scientific exploration.

5. Learn Python

Looking for an intro to programming for your students? The importance of knowing how to program is quickly becoming a widely known fact and is now easier than ever to bring into the classroom.

This app provides teachers with engaging lesson plans and fun quizzes that measure student progress. The best part is kids can even practice writing their very own Python code right in the app—a STEM lover’s dream!

6. Tynker for Schools

Rather than telling students what they need to know, Tynker interactively walks them through the process by giving them intuitive puzzles to solve. The possibilities with Tynker stretch far, allowing kids to build their own games and control robots or drones using the app’s step-by-step tutorials.

7. Amazing Science Facts

Amazing Science Facts features thousands of amazing facts to inspire and educate students about physics, biology, math and more. Breaking up long and tedious lectures with some interactive fun is what Amazing Science Facts does best—kids can browse a large database or opt to receive daily facts sent to their device.

More: 7 Apps for Combining SAMR and Science

8.) STEM Quest

Introduce your students to STEM minus the quizzes and assessments—this app prides itself on offering an exciting learning environment for students, without success or failure, so they’re free to discover what they’re passionate about. The app is based around four islands—science, technology, engineering, math—that students can explore with games related to that topic.

Of course, there are dozens of mobile apps that promote and facilitate STEM learning, so be sure to test these with your students and find the ones that work best with your students. Share your favorite STEM apps with us in the comments below!

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