As adults, when children ask us a question about Math, Reading, or History we can generally give them an answer; we all know how to read and write, we use basic math on a daily basis, and by keeping up with the news we can generally fish up some sort of an acceptable answer to most questions about history. Science, though, is a bit of a different story. We don't usually have to think about the different sorts of clouds in the sky, soil composition, cell structure, or chemical bonds on a daily basis. And while Google can be a life saver when it comes to trying to explain the tough stuff, apps and websites dedicated to expressing complex concepts in simple terms can be even better. Here are a few of our favorite science resources for children young and old.
With GazziliScience, your child can learn about plants, the water cycle, seasons, the five senses, sinking and floating, and living vs. non-living objects through simple narration and basic, interactive elements. Each new concept is introduced through a real world experience - a little girl is planting a garden and wants to understand how the plants will grow, while a boy is at the park and wants to understand what happens when it starts to rain - and explained using age-appropriate language and visual supports. Plus, your child will have to complete a full learning activity before the next one will be unlocked, which is a great motivator for staying engaged!
BrainPop is an amazing educational resource for children in grades K-12, but I think it is especially great for Middle Schoolers. With animated videos to explain complex scientific principles, follow-up digital assessments, and free online games to reinforce learning, BrainPop has it all. And since it is available both online, and as an app, students have access to multi-dimensional academic support anytime, anywhere!
Nasa Visualization Explorer
This amazing app is like a window into the wide world of NASA and space exploration. Nasa Visualization Explorer presents cutting edge research stories in an engaging and exciting format to help older students get excited about the infinite wonders of our universe, and understand how NASA puts the scientific method to work in order to further our knowledge of space.
Powers of Minus Ten - Cells and Genetics
Powers of Minus Ten gives students the opportunity to interactively zoom into a human hand and explore environments with scientifically-accurate 3D content that is visually stunning! Kids can engage in a visual discovery of some of Biology's most basic concepts, and learn about the structures of a few of the key cells, proteins, and molecules found in our bodies. It's like a Magic School Bus adventure come to life!
With so many exciting new apps and websites coming out each week, this list is just the tip of the iceberg. What are you favorite resources to support science learning at home and in the classroom?