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10 Best Science Tools for Middle School

Once students have a foundation in elementary science, they move on to more advanced skills like planning experiments and developing evidence-based explanations based on their findings. Kids will see the real-world impact of science, motivating them not only to ask "why" but also to find out "how." The picks found on this list let student scientists play with simulations, design creative engineering solutions, engage in citizen science research, and gather and analyze data from the world around them.

NASA App Publisher: NASA Ames Research Center
Visually super NASA-backed treasure trove may overwhelm
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Zooniverse Visit Website: https://www.zooniverse.org/
Real research powered by volunteers makes classroom content relevant
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Design Squad Nation Visit Website: http://pbskids.org/designsquad
Classmates can compete to solve fun engineering problems
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free
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ExploreLearning Gizmos Visit Website: http://explorelearning.com
Vast array of science and math simulations impresses
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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BrainPop Visit Website: http://www.brainpop.com
Clever animated hosts Tim and Moby masterfully tackle complex topics
Grades 4-8
Type Website
Price From $220
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iBiome -- Wetland Publisher: Springbay Studio Ltd.
Smartly designed environmental sim great for learning about ecosystems
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
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Mosa Mack Science Visit Website: https://www.mosamack.com/
Engaging design challenges turn kids into actual science detectives
Grades 5-8
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try
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Inq-ITS Visit Website: www.inqits.com
Virtual labs epitomize the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
Grades 5-10
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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NOVA Elements Publisher: PBS
Info-packed science resource great for teaching the elements
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, Apps for Windows
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PocketLab Publisher: Myriad Sensors
Gather and analyze live data anywhere
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, Chrome, Windows Phone
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