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Top Tech for Advanced Science Learners

This list focuses on science-related content for the gifted young scientists in your classroom. Students who need just a little extra freedom and a lot more science will find much to love here, whether it's simulations they can run, activities they can do outside of class, games that will test their perseverance, tools to explore STEM careers, or sites for designing and creating the next big idea. From biology to chemistry to physics, they'll make observations, notice patterns, conduct research, run experiments, formulate conclusions, and generate solutions with the help of these great tools.

Advanced Biology

BioDigital Human Visit Website: https://www.biodigitalhuman.com
Explore every bit of the human body in this powerful, interactive 3D tour
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
AP Exam Prep Biology Publisher: K12 Inc.
Comprehensive array of study tools, solid content make studying a snap
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price $11.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
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
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
Labster Visit Website: http://www.labster.com
Impressive, advanced virtual biotech labs contain glitches
Grades 10-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated

Citizen Science

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
Zooniverse Visit Website: https://www.zooniverse.org/
Real research powered by volunteers makes classroom content relevant
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free
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
Mars Student Imaging Project Visit Website: http://mars.nasa.gov/msip/
Take science research out of this world with NASA's Mars project
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated

Engineering and Design

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
Autodesk Design Academy Visit Website: http://academy.autodesk.com
Outstanding project-based tutorials for popular engineering software
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Tinkercad Visit Website: http://www.tinkercad.com
Amazingly simple yet powerful and flexible online CAD tool
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4

Game-Based Learning

SimCityEDU: Pollution Challenge! Publisher: GlassLab
Classic city building game tuned to teachers' needs
Grades 5-8
Type Game
Price $19.99 individual; $49.99 to $649.99 license packs
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
Portal 2 Puzzle Maker Publisher: Valve
Mind-bending level editor for beloved physics game
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price $19.99
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
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

In the Lab

Tuva Labs Visit Website: https://tuvalabs.com/
Access to curated data sets has tons of potential, needs more teacher support
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
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
The 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
VelocityLab Publisher: Myriad Sensors
Turn anything with wheels into a handy motion sensor
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
My Experiment Visit Website: http://www.myexperiment.org/
Collaborative scientific social network best for advanced HS students
Grades 11-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated

Interest-Driven Learning

Discover Science Visit Website: http://www.calacademy.org/science/
Bring the California Academy of Sciences into your classroom
Grades K-10
Type Website
Price Free
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
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
JASON Visit Website: http://www.jason.org
Excellent immersion in science community; digital tools could do more
Grades 6-10
Type Website
Price Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Brilliant Visit Website: https://brilliant.org/
Challenge top students with adaptive math and physics problems
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Ted-Ed: Science & Technology Visit Website: http://ed.ted.com
Compelling videos engage, pair well with solid teaching resources
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4

Simulations and Experiments

The Earth by Tinybop Publisher: Tinybop
Explore challenging concepts with beautiful, interactive free play
Grades K-2
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
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
PhET Interactive Simulations Visit Website: https://phet.colorado.edu
Massive cache of excellent (and free!) science and math simulations
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Algodoo Publisher: Algoryx
Sandbox tool enables engaged, conceptual physics inquiry
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Exploratorium Visit Website: http://www.exploratorium.edu/
Science experiments and activities abound in this comprehensive resource
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Universe Sandbox Publisher: Giant Army
Superb sandbox for astrophysics experimentation
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated