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Best Science Games for Students

From physics puzzlers to outdoor apps, you'll find terrific apps and games that encourage kids to observe the world around them. Many of these great picks come with extension activities and experiments within.

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MarcoPolo Ocean

Young explorers discover oceans through puzzles and free play

Bottom Line: This fun app helps kids gain an appreciation for the waters that cover much of the Earth's surface.

Every Body Has a Brain

Songs and mini-games introduce brain functions

Bottom Line: Every Body Has a Brain makes brain science fun and accessible for young kids.

Google Earth

Cool geographical exploration tool has endless classroom applications

Bottom Line: Google Earth offers less functionality than the PC version but still thrills.

Space by Tinybop

Zoom into our solar system, solve mysteries with open-ended play

Bottom Line: Learn about the sun, moon, and planets through interactive open-ended play.

Bobo Explores Light

Cute robot guides kids through concepts in excellent science app

Bottom Line: New ways to play with light inspire kids to learn more from this hands-on science app.

Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island

Wonderfully engaging eco-sim lets kids become pollution fighters

Bottom Line: Kids learn about pollution and what to do about it on this eco-friendly game.

BrainPOP Featured Movie

Incredibly engaging cartoons on a wide range of topics draw kids in

Bottom Line: These short videos are undeniably valuable as a teaching tool for elementary and middle school kids.

NASA App

Visually super NASA-backed treasure trove may overwhelm

Bottom Line: A visually stunning way to get kids interested in science and space exploration.

Trainyard

Stump students with innovative train-routing puzzler

Bottom Line: Superb combination of logic, real-world learning, and train play.

Citizen Science

Comical narrative game shows intersection of ecology and social issues

Bottom Line: A polished introduction to the interaction between science and politics that's a bit linear but gets students gathering and using evidence.

Cell Strike

Fight infections on compelling biology-based missions

Bottom Line: A fun and efficient way for students to learn how components of the immune system work, with a bonus lesson in strategy.

Project Noah

Contribute kid research to stellar crowdsourced field guide

Bottom Line: An outstanding resource that makes science relevant with lots of classroom potential.

Color Uncovered

Engaging ebook combines art with science in playful ways

Bottom Line: Color Uncovered is a great way to enhance an art curriculum or to bring a more playful and artistic side to science.

Elements 4D by DAQRI

Augmented reality transforms paper blocks in chemical-reaction sim

Bottom Line: An innovative, amusing way for students to test predictions about particles that would normally be too small to see.

Cell and Cell Structure

Visually stunning tool great for supplementing lessons about cells

Bottom Line: Cell and Cell Structure is an interactive and engaging reference tool that takes kids on a journey to learn about cells.

Cell Command

Immersive biology game keeps students interested during learning

Bottom Line: Students take away a broad knowledge of cell anatomy and function.

Habitactics

Keep your ecosystem from crashing in this addictive puzzle game

Bottom Line: Habitactics employs game-based learning to help students discover relationships in ecosystems.

Mobile Observatory

Impressive tool for stargazing and identifying objects in the sky

Bottom Line: It's an excellent hands-on astronomy reference tool.

Tyto Ecology

Well-developed biome sim provides cheap, endless learning

Bottom Line: This affordable ecosystem balancing game teaches life science skills while keeping students engaged.

Re-Mission 2

Six arcade-style games tackle tough subject of cancer

Bottom Line: Hours of engaging gameplay will grab even non-gamers and, with some guided reflection, can spur serious learning about the human body.

Niche - a genetics survival game

Immersive genetics sim puts evolution in students' hands

Bottom Line: This hands-on genetics game allows students to experiment, explore traits, and come away with a sophisticated understanding of the subject.

Collisions: Play Chemistry

Game-based challenges build crucial chemistry concepts

Bottom Line: Learn about atoms, ions, and bonding through challenge-based gameplay.

Kerbal Space Program

Design and launch a rocket into space in realistic astrophysics sim

Bottom Line: This accurate rocket sim encourages trial-and-error learning and makes for great (and often explosive) physics and engineering experiments.

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