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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. From biology to chemistry to physics, they'll make observations, notice patterns, conduct research, run experiments, and formulate conclusions with the help of these great tools.

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/science/
Bring the California Academy of Sciences into your classroom
Grades K-10
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Playground Physics Publisher: New York Hall of Science
Fun video app lets students track motion to explore physics concepts
Grades K-10
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
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
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
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
Meet Science: Light and Sound Publisher: NCSOFT
Stellar lessons, games, and experiments boost sound learning tool
Grades 3-5
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
DIY Sun Science Publisher: The Lawrence Hall of Science
Exciting astronomy resource brightens learning in the classroom
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
NASA Global Climate Change - Vital Signs of the Planet Visit Website: http://climate.nasa.gov
Tons of climate change info from expert sources in one easy place
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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