40 STEM Apps for Kids (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

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Ready for the best STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) apps for kids?

Just remember that most ipad apps, with a few exceptions, won’t instruct your child. They will however, give him or her practice, repetition, and reinforcement.

After you read this, visit: STEM / STEAM YouTube Channels for Elementary Kids and STEM / STEAM Gifts for Kids.

STEM Math Apps for Kids


Rush Hour – just like the original game; strategy fun
review on Common Sense Media 


Blokus – similar to the board game, my kids love it
review on TUAW 


Tam and Tao in Numberland – Montessori, 0 to 10 numbers
review on InkyGirl 


Motion Maths – fractions & number lines
review on TUAW


Ghostblasters – times tables fun
review on Fun Education Apps 

 


Not Just Another Puzzle – 62 puzzles for all ages
review on Best Apps for Kids 


Mathmateer (form. Rocket Math) – math problems while launching rockets, 3 levels of difficulty
review on Mind Leap Tech


Mermaid Waters – preschool age number games
review on App Planet 


Doodle Find – hidden pictures
review on App Safari 


Coin Math
review on Best Apps for Kids 


King of Math – mental math
review on the iPhone Mom


Rocket Solver – a Singapore Math app


Monkey Math (School Sunshine) – preschool math- patterns, dot to dot, addition, subtraction, sequencing
review on the OC Mom Blog 


Talk Maths – designed for in-class use, several levels
review on Interface 3 


Math Evolve – math facts games
review on Interactive Education 


Noah’s Memory Match
review on Best Apps for Kids


Symmetry Shuffle – spacial puzzles
review on Common Sense Media 


Math Monsters – games of math facts
review on Teaching Appz 


My First Tangram
review on Kid Friendly iPad


Math Girl Addition House – facts, patterns
review on iPad Curriculum 


Rock n Learn Multi Rap – catchy tune
review on Imagination Soup 


I Live Math – Africa – problem solving
review on iHome Educator 


Math Bingo – math facts recall
review on Imagination Soup 


Khan Academy
review on Fast Company 

STEM Scicnce, Technology, Engineering Apps


Tinker Box – fun engineering game
review on business wire 


Science360 – free from NSF w/ science & engineering news & info
review on Common Sense Media 


Solar Walk – super cool solar fun, can be 3D
review on 148apps 


Star Walk – worth every penny to see the night sky in real time
review on Cool Mom Tech 


World of Goo – fun physics game
review on 148apps 


Move the Turtle – step by step computer programming for kids
review on Wired 


DK The Human Body App
review on School Library Journal 


Go CAR Go – another physics game, somewhat difficult but fun if you’re in upper elementary
review on Common Sense Media 


Fotopedia Wild Friends – photographs and facts
review on Appolicious 


Touch Physics – try to make the wheel move with your drawings; fun!
review on Mind Leap Tech


Ocean Encounters – beautiful photographs
review on App Advice


Cat Physics – control the ball and learn the principals of physics
review on Top Apps 


Super Stickman Golf – easy to play; about angles and physics
review on MacWorld


World of Ants – a well-designed, non-fiction book about ants
review on Common Sense Media 

Roundup of Math Apps on Apps in EducationMr G Online and Teach With Your iPad.

Any favorites here or different apps that I didn’t list?

40 STEM iPad apps for kids

One of the things I still haven’t found is a comprehensive clearinghouse for the best apps, age ranges, content topics. Here are a few sites that review and categorize apps for kids . . .

Best Apps for Kids
Ed Surge
Ed Modo

Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, but you pay the same amount as you would without the link. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I recommend personally and believe will add value to my readers. 


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    These are very interesting apps ! I would like to know if they are available on Android ?

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  10. Nitika Chowdhary says:

    I would recommend Rookies100 Apps for STEM subjects. They are really awesome and help my kids learn a lot about computers/cars etc. Must try apps – http://www.rookies100.com/

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  24. There are a lot of apps that teach coding (programing) Cargo-Bot, Hopscotch, Daisy the Dino, Light Bot-Hour of Code, Robocom just to name a few. Thanks for your article. I was able to add a few to my arsenal of great STEM apps.

  25. Aman Qureshy says:

    Hi, thanks for sharing a great collection of Apps. Have you come across any good apps for English language teaching?

  26. Brianna Coyte says:

    Dragonbox definitely. I allow my daughter to use an app rarey, but I’d heard so much about Dragonbox and they we’re doing a basic ‘introduction to algebra’ in kindy that week so I downloaded it to check it out. I ended up completeing the whole game in two days. I love how is slowly introduces the concepts in a game format. By the higher levels they are solving real equations.

  27. Word Wizard is great, but your list seems to have a numeracy focus.

  28. LivinginVA says:

    The CDC “Solve the Outbreak” is excellent.

  29. David Araujo says:

    World of Goo is great for exploring structures

  30. I love Dragonbox for early algebra – awesome app!!!

  31. Heather Thomas says:

    Great List! I’m planning on limiting my kids’ “just for fun apps”. Many of these look far more engaging…makes the transition a bit easier.

  32. Check out Tic Tac Math Universal ~ a great teaching tool for all levels!

    1. Jamie Green says:

      I second Tic Toc Math, my 8 yr old loves it. I found Mathmateer and tried it on a whim. Turns out he used it in school, so that’s a keeper, too!

  33. Do Check out Splash Math apps. Splash Math apps are available for grade 1 to grade 5. The apps are fun and are aligned to common core state standards.

  34. Great list. How do you have time to review all these apps? My hat is off to you! That has been my nemisis!

  35. Emily Woodhouse says:

    Hi there. Thanks for giving ideas on such beautiful apps. Fortunately my Jake loves mathematics. So he likes Motion Maths. Sometimes I try that too.

  36. This is truly great, I am pretty sure that it will bring a huge help to our children…

  37. Thanks but it would be helpful to know the prices.

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