On Thursday morning I was a guest at a local school's GATE Club meeting to present some of the apps that we have on our iPads at the library. I brought our collection of 11 iPads with me, along with some handouts and the cable to connect one iPad to their projector. Then I gave kids a quick overview of each app (I chose apps that were STEM-related this time) and allowed the kids to play with the iPads for fifteen minutes before they had to leave for class.
Here are the apps we covered:
Stephen Hawking's Snapshots of the Universe - $1.99 - Explore concepts about gravity, relativity, and how the universe works while playing challenges that stimulate your curiosity to learn more. iOS.
NAMOO - Wonders of Plant Life - $3.99 - This stunning and visually engrossing app teaches students about plant biology and makes processes like photosynthesis and capillary action easier to understand. iOS, Android, Amazon.
iBiome Wetland - $2.99 – Play a game that teaches you step by step about the wetland biome and the way ecosystems work. iOS.
Shout Science! - Free - A comic-book style app with in-depth stories about three different scientists who changed the way we see the world. iOS.
The Everything Machine - $2.99 - iOS. Like a LittleBits kit that is completely digital, you learn concepts about electrical circuits and mechanical devices while hacking your iPad and making it do wonderful new things. iOS.
Monster Physics - $1.99 - Learn about simple machines and build your own invention. iOS.
Math Angle – Free - Hands-on activities for reinforcing the concepts of acute & obtuse angles and estimating degrees. iOS.
Find more great apps for kids at http://www.pinterest.com/pasadenalibrary!