New & Noteworthy STEAM Apps and Websites - Feb 4

February 04, 2014
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Students, Technology Integration, Tools

Every Tuesday, we spotlight products that have just been reviewed and have earned a 4- or 5-star editorial rating. This month we're focusing on STEAM and Critical Thinking, so we wanted to be sure to spotlight products that focus on these themes. This week's list brings us a game that helps kids practice STEM skills, a hands-on app that teaches number concepts, a math game that gives kids business skills, and a game that helps kids think critically and become disease detectives.

We invite you to add your voice to the conversation. Do you use one of these products in your classroom? Consider writing a Field Note to let other educators see how you integrate these tools into your lesson planning. For tips on writing a great Field Note, check out this step-by-step blog post.


Bugs and Bubbles
In Bugs and Bubbles, kids work their way through three stages of six games each or choose "explore" to select any stage and game. They'll count objects and balance scales to work on math skills. They'll use physics and fine motor skills to stack shapes, race bugs, and roll and bowl with roly-poly bugs. Read full review.

Intro to Math by Montessorium
Intro to Math, by Montessorium uses Montessori sensorial and math manipulatives -- Red Rods, Number Rods, Sandpaper Numbers, and more -- to introduce kids to concepts that help them understand and write numbers 0-9. They also learn counting, quantities, measurement, even and odd numbers, and sequencing. Read full review.

Motion Math: Pizza!
Motion Math: Pizza! is a unique way for younger kids to learn valuable lessons about economics. Using mental math, estimation, and rounding skills, kids calculate order totals and costs for pizza ingredients in this highly engaging simulation game. Read full review.

Solve the Outbreak
Kids can learn about epidemiology and the method of determining the cause of diseases in a population. Using verbal clues and data displayed in tables and graphs, kids apply critical thinking skills to analyze information, answer questions, and eventually figure out the source of a disease and how to prevent further illnesses within a population. Read full review.