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20+ Science Apps for Elementary and Middle School

A collection of great iPad science apps for your elementary and middle school classroom.

We live in a technology driven society, and as a result, most educators across the country now utilize digital resources, computers, tablets, phones and apps to enhance their instructional quality. Finding relevant science apps for elementary and middle school science can be a little tricky, however. After a few years of trial and error, I have put together this list of awesome iPad apps for the science classroom.

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I like to keep my iPads organized with folders. This makes it easy to direct students to a specific science app or general topic. My folder categories are: Physical Science, Earth & Space Science, Life Science, General Science, and Fun. Here are a few of the science apps that seem to have a good mix of student engagement and educational value in my classroom. Most are free, and any paid apps on the list are worth the money!

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GENERAL SCIENCE APPS

iTooch Elementary

Grade Levels: 1st-5th | Price: Free

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The iTooch app has content for all core subjects, but I only use it for 5th grade science supplemental practice. The science category is split up into 3 main categories; physical science life science, and earth systems science, which contain content specific practice units (force and motion, gravity, etc).

iTooch does not provide much in the way of lesson background, but it does have outlines, summaries, and a decent questions bank for reviewing each unit. For a free science app, it’s pretty impressive.

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The students actually seem to enjoy this app even though it lacks any real bells and whistles other than the ability to earn points and stars.

Science 8

Grade Levels: 6th-8th | Price: Free

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Middle School Science 8th Grade is a simple, no frills quiz app. Although it is targeted towards 8th grade, it covers many 6th-7th grade science concepts.

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The app is broken down by main topic categories. As students move through the quizzes they can play mini-games. For a free app, this isn’t bad at all for standardized test review.

BrainPop

Grade Levels: 1st-8th | Price: Free (subscription needed for full access)

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BrainPop is an obvious choice, but still a great addition to your iPad station if you haven’t tried the app yet.

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They have a large library of science content, as well as the ability to search for videos and games specific to your current topic.

Bill Nye

Grade Levels: 1st-8th | Price: Free

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This free app has been out since 2013, but it still has a lot to offer! It includes show clips, trivia, games, and ideas for experiments.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE APPS

Series & Parallel Light Bulbs

Grade Levels: 3rd-6th | Price: 0.99 (Lite Version is Free)

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Content: Electricity, Circuits

Adaptive Curriculum’s Light Bulb in Series app is a great introduction to circuits for elementary students. It allows students to build simple series and parallel circuits.

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This is a pretty simple, straightforward app with nice animations. I wouldn’t recommend this for students above 6th grade because it doesn’t explore advanced concepts like resistance and voltage.

Meet Science 1-4

Grade Levels: 3rd-8th | Price: 4.99/each

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Content: Magnetism and Electricity, Force and Motion, Work and Energy, Light and Sound

Meet Science is a collection of 4 apps you must purchase individually. Although they are the most expensive apps on the list, they are well worth the money to fill in some important physical science content the free apps just don’t cover. Plus, they are super fun!

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Each Meet Science app includes 6 animated mini lessons, virtual experiments, mini games, and a vocabulary glossary.

NOVA Elements

Grade Levels: 6th-12th | Price: Free

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Content: Periodic Table, Elements, Compounds, Physical Properties

Nova Elements is an AWESOME interactive periodic table. It also explores the organization of the periodic table, physical properties of elements, compounds, and molecular composition.

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As a bonus, this free app also includes a 2 hour feature film about the elements and a trivia game!

Periodic Table

Grade Levels: 6th-12th | Price: Free

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Content: Periodic Table, Elements, Physical Properties, History

There is no shortage of science apps covering the periodic table, however, The Royal Society of Chemistry Periodic Table is an all in one research tool that no science teacher should be without.

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The app includes a ton of great facts and information about each element, as well as photographic representations of each one!

EARTH & SPACE SCIENCE APPS

Tesla Town

Grade Levels: 3rd-8th | Price: Free

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alternative energy

Content: Electricity, Alternative Energy

Tesla Town is a great app that explores electricity, the power grid, and alternative energy resources.

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The app takes a closer look at the inner workings of turbines in hydroelectric plants and wind farms. It also examines how solar panels power homes.

Puzzling Plates

Grade Levels: 6th-8th | Price: 2.99

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Content: Plate Tectonics, Pangea, Volcanoes, Earthquakes

Puzzling Plates is an excellent app to compliment studies about Earth’s interior structure, plate tectonics, land form creation, plus volcanic and earthquake activity.

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There are several topics to explore with multiple levels of difficulty, and scoring capabilities on the main topic assignments.

Energy Island

Grade Levels: 4th-8th | Price: Free

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Content: Energy Resources, Alternative Energy, Conservation, Environment

Energy Island is a fun little concept app that gets students thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of different energy resources. They must come up with a strategy to provide power for a town of 5,000 residents.

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While coming up with their energy plan, students must think about costs and environmental factors. It’s a great opportunity for students to learn about alternative energy.

Geology HD

Grade Level: 3rd-8th | Price: 1.99

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Content: Earth’s Structure, Weathering/Erosion

Geology HD is part of a pretty awesome series of comprehensive science apps by Sprout Labs. I highly recommend checking out their other apps if you have the budget for a few.

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Each app explores 4 different topics, and includes reading material, videos, and quizzes.

Solar Walk

Grade Level: 3rd-8th | Price: 4.99

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Content: Solar System, Earth’s Structure, Space Exploration

Solar Walk is worth every penny of it’s $4.99 price tag. If you don’t have any other space related apps, this is the one to get just for the amount of content available in one source.

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The app includes information about the Solar System, celestial objects, satellites, space exploration, and even the structure of the Earth. Solar Walk allows students to interact through a virtual tour of the Solar System. If you are looking for another option with great features, Distant Suns is another popular choice and includes more information about stars and constellations.

LIFE SCIENCE APPS

Food Webs

Grade Level: 3rd-6th | Price: Free

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Content: Food Webs, Food Chains, Ecosystems

The Food Webs app allows students to explore the relationship of different food chains within the food web of various ecosystems.

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This app is a great tool to reintroduce/reinforce relationships in an ecosystem and how energy is transferred in the system.

Ecosystems HD

Grade Levels: 3rd-8th | Price: 2.99

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Content: Biomes, Adaptations

Another of the apps I like from Sprouts Lab, Ecosystems HD provides an explorations of Earth’s biomes and the animals that live there.

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This app contains activities related to six different biomes, and offers lessons, videos, and scored quizzes.

iCell

Grade Level: 4th-8th | Price: Free

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Content: Bacteria, Animal and Plant Cells

iCell is a very simple app that gives students the opportunity to examine the organelles of different cell types in 3D.

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There isn’t much to it other than helping students learn and identify the parts of a cell, but sometimes simple is good!

TinyBop: The Human Body

Grade Level: 3rd-8th | Price: 2.99

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Content: Anatomy, Body Systems and Functions

My students love this app so much, I had to move it to the “Fun” folder for Fridays only. The Human Body app allows students to create profile to begin their adventures exploring the different body systems.

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BONUS APP FOR TEXAS SCIENCE TEACHERS

Ready, Set STAAR

5TH GRADE SCIENCE STAAR PREP (TEXAS)

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If you are a Texas teacher, STAAR prep apps for science are somewhat limited, as in…there’s one. Education Galaxy used to offer a free STAAR Science app, but it has mysteriously disappeared off the face of the internet.

I love to use this around STAAR because it drills the students on actual STAAR questions. It has 3rd-5th grade content (which is all tested in 5th). Ready Set STAAR is an excellent supplement to your STAAR test preparations. Find more Texas specific resources in my post here!

Are there some other apps you love using in your class? Make sure to leave your comments below.

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21 thoughts on “20+ Science Apps for Elementary and Middle School”

  1. The digital help that is available for children today to help succeed is phenomenal. I feel like my girls just missed all of this though in High School there are several quizlet apps they can use.

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  2. My boys are not old enough to enjoy these apps yet. But when they are, it’s great to know I could have science apps on my tablet available for them! I have some friends with 1st and 2nd graders that are always playing silly relationship or fashion games on their tablets, it makes me sad.

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  3. We homeschool so these apps are perfect for us! My kids favorite subject is science. We visit a lot of science museums and we do a lot of science experiments at home. These apps would be great for my kiddos!

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  4. These are really good student friendly tools. I think that technology is now being more effectively harnessed for students to manage their own learning. This is a movement in the right direction.

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