Check out these resources for mixing screen time with tree climbs.

Where can you make a cloud in a jar, engineer a robotic arm, plant your own terrarium, and build a pin-hole camera? Answer: science camp! At today's science camps, computers and technology undoubtedly play a huge role in the projects and adventures campers will experience. At the same time, no one wants kids sitting in front of a screen all summer -- losing their sense of wonder and discovery. Thankfully, there's a bunch of great tech out there that balances learning in front of a screen with hands-on activities outside in nature.

So whether it's practicing music to learn physics or baking a cake to understand chemistry, you'll find a plethora of ideas with these apps, games, and websites:

Sites and Apps for Citizen Science

Students can make thousands of fascinating observations just by roaming around in nature or experimenting with everyday items -- these apps and websites will prompt ideas for fun, safe experiments and explorations.

Science Museum Learning Resources

These websites are run by some of the best science museums in the world, and help teachers bring these experiences into classrooms. 

STEAM Games, Apps, and Sites

Mix and match these picks to help students cultivate science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) skills like design sense and inventiveness, all while making cool, useful stuff. 

Top Apps, Games, and Websites for Scientific Inquiry

These tools familiarize kids with inquiry-based learning: observing, asking questions, gathering data, drawing conclusions, revising their thinking, and asking new questions.

Top Tech for Science Advanced Learners

From biology to chemistry to physics, these tools will satisfy your hungriest students with the knowledge they crave about the world around them. 

Kira D.

As Education Content Assistant for Common Sense Education, Kira supported the editorial team with a wide array of projects such as the Graphite blog, analysis of content coverage, content creation for our Top Picks, and beyond. Kira joined Common Sense with a background in education nonprofits and museums and a passion for learning. She has previously worked in administrative and executive support roles and has dabbled in communications, public relations, and graphic design. Originally from the Boston area, Kira fulfilled a lifelong dream by relocating to San Francisco and can now be found exploring the west coast by foot, kayak, and zip car.