Top Pick

Best Molecular and Cell Biology Apps and Websites

Give students a whole new perspective on the building blocks of our world with these picks that show the inner life of life itself.

NOVA Visit Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova
Compelling science videos have high-quality classroom applications
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
DIY Nano Publisher: The Lawrence Hall of Science
Turn kids into budding nanoscientists who explore the tiniest things
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Virulent Publisher: GLS Studios
Be a virus, invade the human, and learn
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Cell and Cell Structure Publisher: Emantras Inc
Visually stunning tool great for supplementing lessons about cells
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Cell Command Publisher: Filament Games
Immersive biology game keeps students interested during learning
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price $9.99, $89.70/classroom
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Molecular Workbench Publisher: The Concord Consortium
Regularly updated resource features great simulations and modules
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Prepmagic Visit Website: https://www.prepmagic.com/
Customize science simulations to highlight phenomena
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Re-Mission 2 Publisher: HopeLab
Six arcade-style games tackle tough subject of cancer
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Ptable Visit Website: http://www.ptable.com/
Definitive periodic table with all the bells and whistles
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
You Make Me Sick!
Dramatic way to teach kids about the spread of germs
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price $89.70 for classroom/ $9.99 for household
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
BioInteractive Visit Website: http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive
High-quality multimedia brings biological research to life
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Cogent Education Publisher: IS3D, LLC
Think like a scientist: Solve biology case studies
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price $29.99 Per Case, Per Class, Per Year
Platforms Android, iPad, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
EteRNA Publisher: National Science Foundation
RNA design game can lead to scientific discoveries
Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
NOVA Labs: RNA Visit Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/
Be an RNA engineer! Your design might even destroy a deadly disease
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Scitable Visit Website: http://www.nature.com/scitable
Useful teacher tools, with articles suited for advanced bio students
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Meta!Blast Publisher: Iowa State University
Biology game's wealth of information helps and hinders
Grades 10-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Foldit Publisher: University of Washington
Challenging protein-folding puzzler helps science research
Grades 11-12
Type Game
Price
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated