The Best Apps for Teaching Kids Math and Science

The Best Apps for Teaching Kids Math and Science

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Kids love smartphones and tablets, and that makes the devices great tools for learning math and science. Apps for mobile devices can help make even the most abstract concepts—like algebra or physics—engaging. And smartphones and tablets can be carried out into nature to help students understand what they’re seeing.

Star Walk, for example, identifies more than 20,000 objects in the night sky, including constellations, individual stars, planets, galaxies and even satellites currently overhead. For fans of the space program, the free NASA App from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration includes thousands of space images, video, launch information and countdown clocks. In an effort to make physics palatable, the Monster Physics app lets students 10 and up build their own virtual machines, from cars to rocket ships, using parts including wheels, wings, propellers, magnets, rockets and claws. Kids learn physics by building and refining their inventions and completing missions.

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