Kid Scientist Apps, Tools, and Resources That We Love
Are you looking for apps, tools, and resources that you can use to motivate your kid scientists? If so, we have you covered. Check out our list below. Let us know if there are any that we missed.
Nico & Nor Shadow Play– Shadow Play is an app that lets preschool children explore the science of shadows using beautiful simulations. With this app, children learn about shadows and develop their scientific method skills. The Shadows program has two apps (Shadow Play and Shadows Journal) working hand in hand to help preschool kids and their teachers to take pictures and partake in scavenger hunts and matching games.
Scoutlier – Scoutlier is a tool designed to assist students with personal or group research work. It helps them to choose topics that they prefer to work with. It is useful for students working on their International Baccalaureate (IB) extended essay or an AP capstone research project. Scoutlier can be used to collect data such as the size and salinity of ponds or data from artificial intelligence (AI) aerial vehicles that monitor changes along the coasts.
Motion Force – This game encourages children to learn and use Newton’s laws of motion to guide the Fuzzies around space. The Fuzzies provide help along the way as you lead them through nine missions. Students plot a course from their spaceship to the portal, and they plan their travel and use different laws in different situations. Often, there are multiple solutions to each level, and students can find the one that works for them.
Nico & Nor Coconut Star– Explore the Coconut Star World by solving puzzles using push, pull, and texture to get to new stars to win. This app provides a cheerful sojourn into the world of forces and motions using fireworks, water traps, and real-time feedback. The app provides opportunities for children to develop their scientific method skills. The Ramps program has two apps (Coconut Star and Ramps Journal) working hand in hand to help preschool kids and their teachers to record videos and results from experiments.
Cell Strike – Cell Strike is a game that allows players to mimic how the body’s immune system reacts to a small wound. Players deploy helper cells (blue and round) to the wound site to fight off bacterial infections (prickly and purple) and heal wounds. Specialist cells are the most equipped for fighting off infections, with other cell types, such as scouts, engineers, and killers. Players progress through the game regardless of performance, but excellent performance is rewarded with stars.
Stop Disasters! – As the name implies, players are to help put an end to the disasters happening around the world. Before playing this game, users are advised to understand that actions in the game could prove costly, leading to total in-game destruction, loss of life, or disasters. This game is available from the browsers of most devices.
Nico & Nor Ramps Journal– This app allows students to conduct experiments such as sending toys down ramps and recording the results in their digital science journals. They make observations to answer questions about force and motion: Which ramp makes it go farthest? Which one makes it go faster? They can record videos and play them in slow motion to more accurately assess their experiments. The app provides scaffold ramps for children to develop their skills in using the scientific method.
Koantum – Koantum is designed to teach elementary school science using the 5E model: engage, explore, evaluate, explain, and elaborate. With this platform, teachers can add students, review student performance, create lesson plans, and provides access to digital worksheets. Students can select lessons and learn on the platform.