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Top Apps, Games, and Websites for Scientific Inquiry

These tools offer students the techniques to design their own "scientific method" through inquiry-based learning: making observations, asking questions, gathering data, uncovering answers, revising their thinking, and asking new questions. Use these tools to harness students’ natural curiosity and inspire them to think critically and creatively as they make sense of the world around them.

Lawrence Hall of Science: 24/7 Science Visit Website: http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/
First-class site for science games and investigations
Grades K-5
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
Discover Science Visit Website: http://www.calacademy.org/explore-science
Bring the California Academy of Sciences into your classroom
Grades K-10
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
CK-12 Visit Website: http://www.ck12.org
Super STEM resource with highly accessible content
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Journey North Visit Website: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/
Long-standing citizen science site continues to inspire learners
Grades 1-8
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
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
Coach's Eye - Video Analysis Publisher: TechSmith Corporation
Robust video analysis for sports, science, fine arts performances
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Curiosity Machine Visit Website: https://www.curiositymachine.org
Kids build, share, receive pro feedback with awesome engineering site
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Design Squad Nation Visit Website: http://pbskids.org/designsquad
Classmates can compete to solve fun engineering problems
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
DIY - Skills For Kids Publisher: DIY
From cardboarding to cooking, this app helps kids find the fun in DIY
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Zydeco Inquiry Publisher: The University of Michigan
Record and organize scientific observations on the go
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
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
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Meet Science: Magnetism and Electricity Publisher: NCSOFT
Super-handy classroom resource has lessons, quizzes, videos, and more
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Science Buddies Visit Website: http://www.sciencebuddies.org
A magic wand for those seeking science project support and success
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Frog Dissection Publisher: Emantras Inc
Amazingly detailed virtual lab means a clean, frog-friendly dissection
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Lab4Physics Publisher: Lab4U Inc.
Bring physics to life using lab sensors built right into your smartphone
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Science Journal Publisher: Marketing @ Google
Turn your Android into a lab sensor to collect and analyze data
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Stop Disasters! Publisher: United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Slick sim explores global natural disasters
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Solve the Outbreak Publisher: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Become a disease detective -- read clues, analyze data, save lives
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Collisions: Play Chemistry Publisher: PlayMada Games
Game-based challenges build crucial chemistry concepts
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
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