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Bring your mobile device and your favorite iOS apps for Science and Social Studies with you today to share and learn from the other amazing educators in attendance. I’m a former Science teacher myself, so I’ll include a few resources below to get us started. 

If you’d like to share an app, please fill out this form with the information about it and why it’s amazing. Here’s the list of apps shared from the session.

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Apr 182012
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The iPad has found its way into hospitals, retail stores and homes across the nation, but it???s also making a big splash in the classroom. With a great selection of apps focused on everything from word processing to keeping in touch with classmates, the tablet computer can be an invaluable tool for learning ??? no matter your age. Science students haven???t been left out, of course, and there are a wide range of applications offering help with chemistry, biology, astronomy and even the math that comes along with certain fields. If you???re a college student looking to supplement your science studies, these apps are some of the best for learning, sharing, researching and just plain having fun.


Get beautiful photographs of the elements or explore what happens when you design your own molecules using these great iPad apps.

  1. The Elements: A Visual Exploration: One of the most celebrated apps on the iPad, this periodic table is much more than a list. Science students will find themselves inspired by the beauty of the elements and may just learn a thing or two to boot.
  2. Periodic Table of the Elements: Those looking for a less fancy periodic table will be well served by this app, laying it all out in a way that???s easy to interact with and reference.
  3. Molecules: Visualize all kinds of molecules using this app. You can zoom in, out and look at molecular structure from every possible angle.
  4. Buffers: Students working in the lab will appreciate this tool, which makes it easy to design buffer solutions for pH control. Doing double duty, it acts as both a reference guide and a calculator.
  5. Ball & Stick: Like to create your own molecular compounds? This app will let you visualize them or any other type of molecule, which is great for research into structural biology, pharmaceuticals and more.
  6. NIOSH Chemical Hazards: The chemistry lab can be a highly educational place, but it can also be a dangerous one. Learn from this application which chemicals pose a danger so you can stay safe.
  7. Self Assembly: Check out this app to embrace your creative chemist side. With it, you can design your own molecules and watch them self-assemble into more complex structures.


The iPad has been a hit with many in the medical profession, so it???s no surprise that there are loads of apps like these that can help students learn more about the biology behind it all.

  1. OnScreen DNA Model: You don???t have to be a biology major to appreciate the awesomeness of this application, which allows students to see the structure and composition of DNA up close and personal.
  2. 3D Brain: There???s still a lot we don???t understand about the brain, but this application makes it easier for students to start learning what we do know and exploring its structure.
  3. 3D Cell: Similar to the 3D Brain app, this tool will let learners slip in and out of the structures of a cell, with information on what each part does and helpful videos.
  4. Monster Anatomy HD: If you???re going into a medical field, you???re going to have to know your anatomy. This award-winning app can be a big help, visualizing and identifying every structure on the human body.
  5. Skeletal HD: From the smallest bones to the largest ones, this program will help you study for any anatomy exam like a pro.
  6. Pocket Heart: Get up close and personal with the human heart using this app that provides modeling, videos, vocabulary and much more.
  7. GeneIndexHD: Mapping the human genome was a huge feat, but now students have access to a huge amount of information on every known gene out there through an application. Look up genes, find info on websites, get access to media and even follow genetic research journals using RSS through this great learning tool.


Many of the apps that have best showcased the power of the iPad are astronomy apps. These are some of the best to help you explore the solar system and beyond.

  1. Star Walk for iPad: Consistently ranked as one of the best iPad apps out there, any space-loving student should add this app to their collection. Packed with features, it lets users explore the night sky in real time, finding out more about what stars, constellations and planets are in the sky above.
  2. SkySafari: If you want to learn more about our own solar system, this app is the way to do it, with tools to explore planets, constellations, and just about anything else you could imagine.
  3. Solar Walk: Use this 3D solar system application to move through space and time and observe all of our neighboring planets in great detail, including in-depth articles on their history and makeup.
  4. Moon Atlas: The moon has fascinated humankind for centuries, and even with having been there, our modern times are no exception. Through this application, students can learn about the natural satellite???s topography and explore it further.
  5. Supernova: Ever wanted to see a supernova in action? This application lets you do just that, modeling exploding stars and nebulae.
  6. NASA: Here you???ll find one of the best applications on the iPad for studying space. NASA provides the basics ??? like information on the planets ??? as well as up-to-the-minute video, news and much more.
  7. 3D Sun: The sun, while so close to our own planet, is still a bit of a mystery to scientists. Explore what we know and still need to learn about the star and see some amazing 3D imag
    es through this application.
  8. Mars Globe HD: Our closest neighbor, the red planet of Mars, has sparked human imagination for years ??? primarily because of the possibilities for life the planet holds. Students can study this amazing planet and the features that cover its surface using this mapping application.
  9. Buzz Aldrin Portal to Science: Find news, multimedia content, videos and tons of other resources all about space exploration on this handy iPad app.


Your iPad can also be a valuable research tool. Pull up these apps to do a little scientific reading for your next project.

  1. Science Glossary: With this tool, students can look up just about any relevant term they don???t know and find biographies of some of the most famous scientists of all time.
  2. Wolfram Alpha: Get a search engine geared towards science and math with this application. Students can easily find facts, figures, maps, graphs and more.
  3. Papers: Need to keep your research handy when you???re on the go? This app has you covered, storing, organizing and archiving all the important information you need.
  4. PLoS Reader: Through this application, you can read new articles published by seven different journals using interface designed just for the iPad.
  5. PubMed on Tap: Start your research right on your iPad by using this PubMed app. Students can search for, store, email and organize references ??? and may even be able to read some full-text articles.
  6. Kindle: There aren???t many books you can???t read when you have this app. Simply install and buy or download whatever science-related reading material strikes your fancy.
  7. Math Ref: Look up formulas and other important mathematical information though this great reference tool.


From timing your experiments to converting units in the lab, these tools can help you save time and learn more.

  1. iLab: Timer HD: With iLab Timer, students can keep lab notes about their experiments and get access to reliable and easy-to-use timers.
  2. Seismograph: Measure any kind of vibration or shaking using this app, from how much you generate jumping up and down to a real life earthquake.
  3. TempConvert Universal: It can sometimes be confusing to go back and forth between different temperature scales, but this tool makes calculations a breeze.
  4. Unit Conversion Pro: No matter where you are in the world or what you???re trying to measure, you can easily convert units using this handy iPad tool.
  5. National Geographic World Atlas: Look up maps, facts about the world and much more through this great atlas provided by National Geographic.
  6. SpaceTime for iPad: This application is much more than just a simple calculator. It lets students solve and graph a huge range of problems, add color, manipulate forms and so much more.


Look up science myths, do some popular reading or debunk your science-phobic friend???s arguments with these helpful apps.

  1. Mythbusters HD: If you enjoy the Discovery Channel show, why not get access to it on your iPad as well? You???ll get to see how this mythbusting team uses science to debunk some of the most persistent urban myths.
  2. Science Illustrated: Carry this science publication with you where ever you go with this application that lets you read it right on your iPad.
  3. Popular Science: Follow the latest news in science and engineering with this iPad magazine.
  4. Skeptical Science: Have a friend that simply won???t believe something you know to be scientifically true? Use this application to find the myriad of real-world studies that support your position.

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Some of these I have seen and experienced before, but it looks like a great list of amazing Science apps for the iPad!

Jul 152011


  • Vernier Video Physics: Take a video of an object in motion, mark its position frame by frame, and set up the scale using a known distance. Video Physics then draws trajectory, position, and velocity graphs for the object. Perform on-the-go analysis of interesting motions. Measure the velocity of a child’s swing, a roller-coaster, or a car. Free.
  • EarthObserver: Learn about our planet’s terrestrial landscapes, oceans and seas, frozen ice caps, atmosphere and clouds, geologic terrains, topography, nautical charts, natural hazards, human impacts, and many other earth and environmental science topics as you travel and explore with your finger tips. Free.
  • Wolfram Alpha: With Wolfram|Alpha on your iPad, you can explore a vast world of knowledge, whether hanging out at the local coffee shop or relaxing on your couch. Use Wolfram|Alpha to discover new information about the world and to breathe expert knowledge into any facet of your life. $1.99 Universal App
  • Emerald Observatory: Emerald Observatory displays a wealth of astronomical information all on one screen, in a unique but understandable format. Information includes: – Times of rise and set for the Sun, the Moon, and the 5 classical planets, – Times of the beginning and ending of twilight, – Heliocentric orrery (display of the planets in orbit around the Sun), – Current phase and apparent orientation and relative size of the moon and LOTS more. $0.99
  • Stellarium: Stellarium is a planetarium for your iPhone. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. Let’s you identify almost any celestial body, constellation, cluster, etc. Includes: Images of nebulae, realistic Milky Way, planets and their satellites, powerful zoom and time control. Even has a point-to-identify mode using the iPad gyro! Free
  • Mythbusters HD: This is a fun honorable mention. Watch the most popular full screen MythBusters video clips and compete against other fans by busting 3 popular myths through full screen, multilevel casual games. Games are good, fun physics simulations and lead you to bust a myth on your own. If you like the show, you’ll love the app. $4.99
  • Nature Human Genome Special Edition: The draft human genome sequence, announced in 2000 promised great insights into human biology, medicine and evolution. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Nature has repackaged the Human Genome at Ten news special into a free iPad App. Free
  • Periodic Table of the Elements: This is a standard periodic table of the elements – a necessity for anyone interested in or even exposed chemistry. However, the version differs in that instead of cramming all the information for an element into one little square, you can select a chemical attribute and have the entire chart color coded to plainly show how the different elements vary with regard to the selected trait. Free
  • 3D Brain: Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures. Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research. Free
  • iLab: Timer HD: In the Science lab, sometimes you just need to keep track of time. A stop-watch is good, but what if you need to keep track of 10 different experiments or tests? iLab: Timer HD will let you track the time, to a tenth of a second, of up to 10 different events. $1.99
  • The Elements: A Visual Exploration: If you think you’ve seen the periodic table, think again. The Elements: A Visual Exploration lets you experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of our universe in a way you’ve never seen before. This is the US English version of The Elements. Fully translated versions are also available in French, German, Japanese, and British English. $13.99
  • Solar Walk: “This 3D Solar System model enables you to navigate through space and time, observe all the planets in close-up, learn their trajectories, inner structure, history of their exploration, points of interest and more. Use 3D mode to get a more realistic experience! And zoom out to view and spin the entire Galaxy!” $2.99
  • Math

    • Number Line: Number LIne is a game that helps students lean about fractions, decimals, and percents by ordering equivalent fractions, decimals, and percents on a number line. $0.99
    • My Math App: My Math Flash Card App is for mastering basic elementary math facts. Free
    • Math Drills Lite: Graphically rich and fun environment allows a single students to learn basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Free
    • Times Tables: Math Practice app that is engaging, fun and enriching. Multiple version available. Free
    • Flash to Pass: Flash to pass is an easy-to-use, elegant program designed to facilitate mastering the basic math facts learned in Elementary school. Free
    • Pop Math: Fun drill for practicing math facts. There is now a lite version, and an iPad version. $0.99
    • Quick Graph: Quick Graph is a powerful, high quality, graphic calculator that takes full advantage of the multitouch display
      and powerful graphic capibilites of the iPad. Free
    • SAT Math Testbank: Challenging simulated test questions with detailed solution to prepare for the Math Section of the SAT test. Free
    • Rocket Math: Play one of the 56 different math missions. Missions range in difficulty from even/odd numbers all the way to square roots, so kids and their parents will enjoy hours of fun while learning math. $0.99
    • MathBoard: MathBoard is appropriate for all ages from kindergarten (with simple addition and subtraction problems) to elementary school where learning multiplication and division can be a challenge. You can control the range of numbers you want to work with, the amount of questions you want to answer and even assign a time limit per quiz. $3.99
    • Math Magic: Math Magic uses a combination of your choice of vibrant colours, simple interface and a reward system of stars to encourage and teach kids between the ages of 3 and 8. It’s really easy to use. The child simply has to tap on an answer to solve the problem. Whether they get the answer right or not, a real voice expresses appreciation for the child choosing a response. $0.99
    • Science 360

      Leaf Snap


      Everyday Mathmatics from McGraw Hill

      Our World – Al Gore app

      CK-12 Text Books


      From Guy Durrant



      • Biology
        • Cell Imaging HD (slow load, beautiful images, large database)
        • LeafSnap electronic fieldguide. Free, but limited iPod and iPad
        • 3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool (beautiful images, slow to download) Rotate and zoom. Free (iPad)
        • Dichot key (for use within the BYU Monte Bean museum) free
      • Phyx
        • Intellective Physics (Free)
        • Video Science (large collection of science demo videos) Free
      • Astronomy there are bucketloads of astronomy apps
        • GoSkyWatch (free or $3.99 for +
        • SkyOrb 3D Free +
        • StarWalk (2.99 iPod, 4.99 iPad)
        • Planets (free) +
        • Exoplanet (free) db of all extrasolar planets
        • pUniverse ($2.99+, 3.99 iPad), pU Express is free
      • Geology
        • Seismic (iPod) (.99) not pretty, but fast and effective
        • QuakeWatch + (.99)
        • USGSSeismic (free) RSS feed from USGS (iPod)