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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.

MarcoPolo Ocean Publisher: MarcoPolo Learning
Young explorers discover oceans through puzzles and free play
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Sid's Science Fair Publisher: PBS KIDS
Good interactive way for young kids to learn and practice science
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 2
Every Body Has a Brain Publisher: Morphonix LLC
Songs and mini-games introduce brain functions
Grades K-1
Type Game
Price $24.95 (CD-ROM), $19.95 (download)
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Google Earth
Cool geographical exploration tool has endless classroom applications
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Bobo Explores Light Publisher: Game Collage, LLC
Cute robot guides kids through concepts in excellent science app
Grades 2-6
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island Publisher: Cognitive Kid, Inc.
Wonderfully engaging eco-sim lets kids become pollution fighters
Grades 2-4
Type App
Price $1.99 (intro price, $4.99 regular price)
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
BrainPOP Featured Movie Publisher: BrainPOP
Incredibly engaging cartoons on a wide range of topics draw kids in
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Trainyard Publisher: Matt Rix
Stump students with innovative train-routing puzzler
Grades 3-7
Type App
Price $.99-$2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Citizen Science Publisher: GLS Studios
Comical narrative game shows intersection of ecology and social issues
Grades 4-8
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Lifeboat to Mars Publisher: PBS Kids Go
Fantastic ecosystem sim makes learning biology fun
Grades 5-8
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
PLEx: Life Science Suite Publisher: Filament Games
Brilliant life science games (with curriculum) captivate and challenge
Grades 5-9
Type Game
Price $15.95
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Project Noah Publisher: Networked Organisms
Contribute kid research to stellar crowdsourced field guide
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Color Uncovered Publisher: Exploratorium
Engaging ebook combines art with science in playful ways
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Elements 4D by DAQRI Publisher: DAQRI
Augmented reality transforms paper blocks in chemical-reaction sim
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
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 while learning
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price $9.99, $89.70/classroom
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Mobile Observatory Publisher: KreApp Development Software
Impressive tool for stargazing and identifying objects in the sky
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $3.99-$4.49
Platforms Android, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
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 5
Teacher Rating 3
Kerbal Space Program Publisher: Squad
Design and launch a rocket into space in realistic astrophysics sim
Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated