Using Online Resources and Apps to Engage Your Students in Science

Come learn about free web resources and apps that can be utilized in the science classroom. Many resources will be shared including sites and apps that will cover general science, earth science, life science/biology, chemistry/physical science, physics, astronomy/meteorology, environmental science, science fair projects, science videos and science games.

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General Science

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Study Jams Site
StudyJams are videos, slideshows, and step by step explanations for science and math.
Each Jam includes teaching video/step-by-step/slideshow, key vocabulary, and test
yourself section where they can practice what they have just learned. (Elem. & Middle)
This site provides interactive resources for math and science. These activities promote critical thinking. Choose from simple machines, virtual knee surgery or stem cell heart repair among others. (Middle & High)
Lawrence Hall of Science: 24/7 Science Site
Kids can learn about scientific experimentation and investigation. Young learners will find instructions for experiments they can conduct offline as well as games that teach scientific fundamentals, like measurement and comparing the properties of different substances. (Elem. & Middle)
Kids can learn something about astronomy, the human body, the brain, and other scientific principles through short interactives as well as beautifully presented examples and follow-along experiments. (Middle & High )
Cool Science
Kids can learn simple scientific concepts relating to plants, animals and weather, as well as more complex concepts. Kids can also view presentations and lectures from educators and scientists. (Elem. & Middle)
This site offers a bank of imaginative, highly visual teaching-aids developed for use with interactive whiteboards.
Experience Math and Science with Gizmos (450 highly interactive online simulations). This is a subscription but you can sign up for a FREE 30 day trial. (For grades 3-12.)
Science Netlinks K12
Science NetLinks' role is to provide a wealth of standards-aligned resources for K-12 science educators, including lesson plans, interactive and reviewed Internet resources. Site features include Interactive Lessons, Resources, Benchmarks and Science Updates.

Curiosity Machine App
A collection of exciting & sometimes very challenging experiments and projects designed to encourage curiosity, creativity and persistence. (Middle & High)
Science Glossary Free App
A glossary of terms and short biographies that support the science education website All definitions link to related terms and to free detailed science learning modules.
Best Science Facts App
Learn some weird, fun, odd, interesting and mind-boggling facts on animals, humans, plants, space, nature, astronomy, chemistry, biology, physics and more.
Wolfram Alpha App
This search engine app is geared towards science and math. Students can easily find facts, figures, maps, graphs and more.
Units-Free Unit Converter App (free)
No matter where you are in the world or what you're trying to measure, you can easily convert units using this handy iPad app.
Science Friday App
Everyday science, technology, health and nature explored and explained through audio or video podcasts. Can also subscribe to podcasts through your iTunes.
Building Serial Circuits App (99 cents)
Using 3D graphics and 2D electronic symbols, you will assemble different types of series circuits using wires, switches, batteries, and light bulbs. In order to better understand the difference between a series and a parallel circuit, build a circuit that illuminates two bulbs and observe what happens when one light bulb is removed.
Xperica HD App(free)
Xperica HD for the iPad, brings the experience of touch to various science experiments to foster better understanding. Users can interact with various elements to see how the experiment as a whole reacts. The app is available for download free of cost and comes preloaded with a couple of experiments.
Sound Uncovered App(free)
Explore the surprising side of sound with Sound Uncovered, an interactive book featuring auditory illusions, acoustic phenomena, and other things that go bump, beep, boom, and vroom.

Life Science/Biology

Site or App
Journey North
This site covers a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal changes.
Defenders of Wildlife: Kids Plant
Kids can learn the facts about more than 50 species of animals on Kids' Planet.Fact sheets discuss each animal's habitat, diet, and behavior, and an in-depth publication explains how dogs evolved from wolves. Kids will also learn about endangered species and what steps they can do to protect them, including writing letters to elected representatives and holding fundraisers at school. (Elem. & Middle)
Sea and Sky
Kids can learn about oceanography, marine biology, and astronomy on Sea and Sky. "Sea" features science news, a gallery of exotic marine life, and an ocean exploration timeline; "Sky" includes an astronomy reference guide and profiles of key astronomers, astronauts, and space missions. Kids who are new to these topics can find the answers to questions like,"Why is the sky dark at night?" There's also more in-depth content geared toward visitors with some science background. (Elem. & Middle)
Inner Body
Kids can learn the names and functions of over 1500 objects from the body’s 13 major anatomical systems. The descriptions and full-color 3D images identify and explain functions and relationships within each system. A video tutorial shows how to make the most of the interactive tools but adding a few learning activities (games, quizzes, puzzles, etc.) would help kids remember the facts. InnerBody can show kids how biology relates to everyday movement and functioning. (Middle & High)
Get Body Smart
This site is fully animated and interactive eBook about human anatomy and physiology.
The Human Heart
This is the Franklin's Institutes online exploration of the human heart.
Neuroscience for Kids
Neuroscience for Kids has been created for all students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system.
The Virtual Body
This website is for kids and adults and will educate them on the latest health information.
Biology 4 Kids
This site is loaded with basic biology information. There's information on cell structure, cell function, scientific studies, plants, vertebrates, invertebrates and other life science topics.
Cells Alive
Cells alive represents 30 years of capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research.
Kids Health
This website is a great reference site for kids, teens, and parents. Learn about staying healthy, puberty, nutrition and fitness, emotions and behaviors, health problems, and emergencies and first aide.
The Human Biology Project
This biology project web site walks students through a tutorial based on problem sets of the following genetic topics: blood types, color blindness, human genetics, and DNA. It also shares tutorials on human reproduction topics: basic reproduction, birth control, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Another biology project that will introduce you to the basic concepts of development in a variety of organisms.
Body Quest
This website is an exploration of anatomy designed for students ages 11-16.
Biology Flashcards for Principle of Life App
This app is a great review and study tool for anyone learning biology.
OnScreen DNA Model App ($3.99)
You don't have to be a biology major to appreciate the awesomeness of this app. This app allows students to see the structure and composition of DNA up close and personal.
3D Brain App
Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illnesses. Each structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies and links to research.
3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool App
Learn about the cell and all its structures using this 3D cell tool.
Netter's Anatomy Atlas Free App
This free app includes 14 plates from the 5th edition Atlas of Human Anatomy which are enhanced with quizzing and customization features.
iCell gives students, teachers, and anyone interested in biology a 3D view inside a cell. Included are examples of three types of cells: animal, plant, and bacteria. Learn about the various parts of the cell.
Language Central for Life Science App(free)
Make studying vocabulary terms fun and engaging with Pearson’s Language Central for Science app featuring the Word Fly game experience! First, boost your memory with Interactive Science Flash Cards that span Life, Earth and Physical science topics. Next, test your skills and take the Trivia challenge! Finally, have fun and play the Word Fly game to impress your teacher with your hunger for science knowledge!
Mitosis App (free)
Mitosis walks you through the process of cell division, and explains everything that happens along the way.
Virtual Heart App (free)
Virtual Heart lets you explore multiple real-time views of the human heart.
Virtual Cell Animations App (free)
The Virtual Cell Animations app includes an animation, still images, narrative, and content quiz.

Chemistry/Physical Science

Site or App
Chem 4 Kids
Basics of chemistry for all ages. It has sections on atoms, matter, the periodic table and reactions. (All Grades)
Chemical Calculator
General chemistry software for pH, concentration and stoichiometric calculators.
Science Bear App (free)
This app will help you review the basic concepts from middle school physical science with over 200 questions and links to dozens of videos. Test your knowledge on motion, forces, density, solids, liquids, gases, astronomy, atoms, the periodic table, chemistry and more.
The Elements: A Visual Exploration App
This app is a rich and engaging story of the periodic table, told in words and pictures, and allowing you to experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of our universe. ($13.99)
K12 Periodic Table of the Elements App (free)
This app lets you explore the elements and their key attributes in a simple easy-to-use way.
Molecules App (free)
This app allows you to visualize all kinds of molecules.
iCelsius App (free)
This app turns your iPad into a digital thermometer.


Site or App
Coaster Crafter
Kids can learn principles of force and motion, specifically; inertia, velocity, acceleration, gravity, mass,
momentum, friction, and potential and kinetic energy. Kids then strengthen their thinking, reasoning, and
evaluation skills while troubleshooting problematic roller coaster designs. Levels of support adjust accordingly;
when kids take the Coaster Challenges, they get no hints and must rely on new knowledge to be successful. (Middle)
Finger Physics HD Free App
A game in which you are attempting to conquer the diverse nature of physics. Sometimes it's gravity, sometimes it's buoyancy and other times it's electromagnetism.
Toy Physics HD Lite App
Enter the whimsical world of Toy Physics where you must draw lines to guide the falling toys into the toy crates. Toys drop and encounter many different type of physics on the way down to make this game challenging.

Astronomy/Meteorology/Earth Science

Site or App
NASA's Space Place
Kids can learn facts and information about space through projects, Q &A, and interactive games. NASA's Space Place features topics ranging from the solar system to people and technology. (Elem. & Middle)
Amazing Space
This site uses the Hubble Space Telescope's discoveries to inspire and educate about the wonders of the universe.
This is a great resource for educators. Site includes lessons, materials and references for several space related topics. The overview will tell you the basic format of the lesson and the recommended grade levels.
AMS The Data Streme Project
DataStreme Atmosphere is a major precollege teacher enhancement initiative of the American Meteorological Society with the main goal of training of Weather Education Resource Teachers who will promote the teaching of science, mathematics and technology using weather as a vehicle, across the K-12 curriculum in their home school districts.
Hubble Site
The official NASA site that takes an in depth look at the Hubble Telescope.
Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.
Astronomy for Kids
This is a free astronomy resource designed to teach children about the exciting world of outer space.
Space Wanderer
At this site students can take a virtual trip to Mars and beyond. When you EXIT out of the Spacewanderer trip you are taken to a page with many more reference links.
National Weather Service
Weather site by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.
Space Science & Engineering Center
Great site for real-time weather images and data.
Google Sky
Using Google Maps this tool provides an exciting way to explore the universe. You can find the positions of the planets and constellations in the sky.
Hurricane and Storm Tracking for the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans
This would be great site to use when there are major hurricanes brewing.
Online Guide to Meteorology
This site is a collection of web-based instructional modules that use multimedia technology and the web. These resources incorporate text, colorful diagrams, animations, computer simulations, audio and video to introduce fundamental concepts in the atomspheric sciences.
Star Walk for HD App ($2.99)
Consistently ranked as one of the best iPad apps out there. It lets users explore the night sky in real time, finding out more about what stars, constellations and planets are in the sky above.
SkySafari App ($2.99)
Good app for learning more about the solar system.
Solar Walk-Saturn App (Free)
Explore Saturn and its moons; travel in time, read information and view photos.
NASA App (Free)
This app is one of the best applications on the iPad for studying space. NASA provides all the basics as well as up-to-date minute videos, news and more.
NASA Science: A Journey of Discovery App (free)
The NASA Science: A Journey of Discovery app is the latest information from NASA Science missions, including the spacecrafts, their instruments, the data and more.
Interplanetary 3D Sun App (free)
Explore what we know about the sun and still need to learn and see some amazing 3D images through this app.
Moon Globe App (free)
Moon Globe turns you iPad into a precision instrument for viewing the Earth's moon.
National Geographic World Atlas App ($1.99)
Look up maps, facts about the world and much more through this great atlas provided by National Geographic.
GoSkyWatch Planetarium App (free)
Easily and quickly identify and locate stars, planets, constellations and more by simply pointing to the sky. Your personal telescope to the wonders in the night sky. Go outside and explore the night sky.
Language Central for Earth Science App (free)
Make studying vocabulary terms fun and engaging with Pearson’s Language Central for Science app featuring the Word Fly game experience! First, boost your memory with Interactive Science Flash Cards that span Life, Earth and Physical science topics. Next, test your skills and take the Trivia challenge! Finally, have fun and play the Word Fly game to impress your teacher with your hunger for science knowledge!
3D Sun App (free)
"3D Sun" lets you carry a virtual window onto today's sun, right in your pocket. Open this app anytime to see what's happening today on the sun's ever-changing surface. See when major solar flares erupt on the sun's surface. Track sunspots that reveal the churning activity inside the sun's fiery inferno.
Planets App (free)
3D guide to the solar system for aspiring astronomers.
Star Rover HD App (99 cents)
Star Rover HD is the fantastic planetarium for your iPad. Just hold up your iPad and Star Rover HD will tell you exactly what you are pointing at.
Interactive Minds: Solar System App ($2.99)
Learn about the solar system in a hands-on way! This interactive science book features over 40 pages of fact filled content as well as numerous videos and interactive simulations.

Environmental Science

Site or App
Kids can learn about the environment and be able to get involved in how their own actions impact the environment. (Elem. & Middle)
Green Planet for Kids App (free)
Most people realize that we can't just continue to squander the earth's resources without serious consequences for our children, but just don't know where to start making changes that will matter. This fun book makes it easy by suggesting useful and common-sense tips on every aspect of how ordinary people can make positive changes that are good for their wallet AND the planet.

Science Games

Site or App
Kinetic City
Kinetic City is an amazing collection of science experiments, games and projects for everyone to enjoy. (All Grades)
Discovery Kids
Discovery Kids inspires kids to explore the awesome world around them and satisfy their curiosity with innovative games, activities, quizzes and articles. (Elem. & Middle)
Bridge Constructor Playground App ($1.99)
Bridge Constructor Playground offers people of all ages an introduction to the topic of “bridge building”. This game gives you the freedom to let your creative side run riot – nothing is impossible. Across 30 innovative levels you have to build bridges over deep valleys, canals or rivers. Following this your bridges will be subjected to a stress test to see whether they can support the weight of the cars and/or trucks which drive across them.
Hill Clim Racing App (free)
Meet Newton Bill, the young aspiring uphill racer. He is about to embark on a journey that takes him to where no ride has ever been before. With little respect to the laws of physics, Newton Bill will not rest until he has conquered the highest hills up on the moon!

Science Videos

Site or App
Kids can learn about subjects from physics to phonetics on The site includes games that focus on problem solving, strategy, and logical thinking as well as fashion and music games that tap into user's creativity. There are also video lessons for science experiments. Topics like science can be found only through a search. (Elem. & Middle)
Kids can learn about a variety of educational topics with this site that features videos, slideshows and activities. Most of the material is geared towards high school and college-aged students although there are some lessons and activities for younger kids. (Middle & High)
Khan Academy
Kids can watch thousands of video presentations created by experts and keep track of their progress with tools that show what they've mastered and what they might want to do next. (Middle & High)
Scientists @ the Smithsonian
All kinds of people become scientists. And scientists do all kinds of things. Watch and read about scientists at the Smithsonian and try to figure out which kind of scientist you would like to be. (All levels)
BrainPOP Featured Movie App (free)
Students can watch a different animated movie each day, then test their new knowledge with an interactive quiz. BrainPOP features 750 videos that cover science, math, social studies, english, engineering & technology, arts & music, and health. Can purchase in apps subscriptions to track students progress.
BrainPop Jr. Movie of the Week (free)
Similar to their featured movie app, this app is designed for students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade and covers science, social studies, reading, writing, math, health, arts, and technology.
Science 360 for the iPad App (free)
The National Science Foundation's Science 360 for the iPad provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and videos from around the globe.

Science Fair Projects

Site or App
Science Bob
Kids can learn about chemical reactions, vibrations and sound, surface tension, optical illusions, molecular structure, and other science-related topics. Kids can also find projects ideas on topics ranging from tornadoes to planets. (Middle & High)
Kids can expand their knowledge about many different subjects by exploring the sites science menu. (Elem. & Middle)
Science House App (free)
A growing library of hands on science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and easy to recreate experiments that are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages.

Additional Resources

YouTube Video - HD Introducing iPad in the Curriculum - Science
YouTube Video - Using iPads in Science Lessons
YouTube Video - Technology in the Classroom - iPads
Youtube Video - Fun Science Apps: Aerox, Pocket Body, Tinkerbox
CILC-Virtual Fieldtrips
Twice-Collaborative Projects
Learn 360
Socrative Website
Socrative - Teacher Clicker App
Socrative - Student Clicker App
NSDL Science Literacy Maps