STEM employers look at more than just the degree in computer and science. They also are looking at people with the right skill sets. Employers are looking for creative types who can communicate well, think logically, have a high learning capacity, adapt well and aquire amazing leadership skills. Critical thinking skills begin at an early age, so we should be teaching kids as young as 5 years old how to use educational websites and apps, specifically in STEM. Here are the top Apps that can be used to teach STEM in your classroom.
Quick Math Multiplication Table & Arithmetic – This is app is fantastic for students to practice and even improve their mathematical skills. Students are able to practice multiple math skills by calculating unknown values. Parents are able to “self-improve” which might make helping with homework, a little more enjoyable and understandable. Teachers are able to track the progress of the students and engage with the students as well.
STEM Mobile Labs – The app geared towards high school students, combines all four subjects of science, technology, engineering and math into one app where you can explore and experiment with real-world research on any mobile device. The content is exciting, it’s simple to navigate through and has numerous amounts of learning tips and tricks.
Hopscotch – Hopscotch is described as “programming made easy” and one user even raved that it’s similar to “Instagram but you make stuff.” AWESOME. This educational app is for all ages, including educators and will have you developing games and creating stories in no time. It’s simple, fun and a powerful learning tool.
SimplePlanes – Tutorials on learning the basics of real airplane design PLUS learning simple physics on top of that… WINNING! This fun app simplifies the way to build an airplane and takes you one step closer in being an airplane designer.
Lightbot – If you want to learn how to code, then this is the app for you. It’s a programming puzzle game which requires programming logic to successfully complete and solve each level. Learning concepts like loop will be easy and it’s simple yet challenging for any age.
Stephen Hawking’s Snapshots of the Universe – From the brilliant mastermind himself. This app features 10 simple and fun interactive experiments. It provides a better understanding of our universe and how it’s evolved over time. Beginning with an interactive experiment, the app walks you through key theories and provides you with a better understanding of science.
WeLearned.It – This app, built for students, parents and teachers is a project-based learning platform that combines social learning for students and online tracking for teachers. You are provided with progressive tools to share assignments with parents, track student’s learning, all while keeping it organized. Thinking outside the bubble has never been so innovative.
Life Science Through Photography – Combining photography and science has never been more beautiful. Geared towards 8-11 year olds, this app contains life science photos which students are able to manipulate, visualize, and better understand life science. This wonderful app is also geared towards students with 3 types of learning styles: Visual, auditory, and tactile.
3D Brain – Modern research has provided educators with an abundance of tools and information to use in the class, but it can be extremely overwhelming to break it down and utilize it effectively in the classroom. 3D Brain is simple and very easy to use. It teaches you how each brain region functions, while providing a clear understanding of the terms via visual aids and interactive structures.
ScratchJr. – This app was created specifically for 8-16 year olds by MIT students! Children learn to solve problems by combining graphical programming to design projects and express themselves creatively. There’s teaching guides available for educators and other useful resources to help instructors get started and use in their classroom.
Bringing STEM into every classroom with spark creativity, cultivate critical thinking skills and encourage logical thinking. Technology integration in your classroom will promote equity, support the evolving school structure and better prepare students for the future.