More Apps for Science Class

Over the last little while I have been exploring more and more apps for the Ipad that I could use with my students.  I have found a couple recently that I think could be quite useful heading into my internship and teaching career.  Here they are sorted by subject:


NASA HD –  This app contains information about the planets and other space related topis.  There is an in-depth discussion each month on a particular subject that is worth a read.

NASA VIZ – This app is similar to NASA HD except with a more visual focus.  Some of the images are truly amazing and there are some great videos too.  One of their videos showing the shifting currents overtime would be great in a weather unit.

GoSkyWatchP – This app is free and gives you a great map of the night sky with location recognition capabilities.

Earthlapse – With space travel becoming more privatized it may be possible to swing a trip into space within this generation. Until then you can enjoy some of the same views you would see if you were on the International Space Station with this app.

coloruncovered – This is a great app and provides an opportunity for students to learn about colours and light while interacting with different illusions, properties, etc.  Exploratorium has done it right with this app doing an excellent job of putting activity and engagement before content.

Airplanes – The different paper airplane designs this app contains could give your students a great chance to inquire more into what type of engineering designs are more or less useful for flight.

Minds of Math – My previous coop said that she found one of the best ways to teach math is to teach it from the perspective of what a certain formula, mathematical method, etc. was originally designed for.  This app does a great job of organizing the people and discoveries that have been influential within mathematics.


Creatures of Light – This app looks great, is free, and does a good job of presenting the diverse range of bio-luminescent organisms.  This app even goes more in-depth in terms of what exactly is going on chemically and the different chemical processes that are involved.

Speaking of Luminescence…  Here is a simple demo that can be done with a class.  The materials are relatively easy to track down and it really produces a bright, blue light when done in a dark room. CHEMOLUMINESCENCE REACTION

Cardiograph – This app turns your Ipad or mobile devise into a cardiograph by using the camera it contains. Pretty neat, and it allows you to keep track of your heart rate over long periods of time.


Labtimer – This app allows you to get rid of all the stopwatches that could clutter up your lab space.  You can have multiple ( 10+) timers going at once with this app.

NOVA Elements – This app contains a series of videos that cannot be viewed outside of the US however has a periodic table and an interactive game type portion that are alright.

K12 Periodic Table – This app is probably one of the more useful periodic table apps available.  It contains all the information a student would need and is very easy to navigate.


Wolfram Alpha – This app costs money however is very useful for students as well as teachers seeking answers to questions they may not know.

e-Science magazine – My Science methods instructor directed me to this one and I really enjoyed it.  Its free and the articles are extremely relevant.  Some of the apps I explored came out of there.  The University of Adelaide did a great job with this one, I’m looking forward to future issues.

Electric Pickle Continued…

The last three days we were doing workshops on the road in Pincher Creek and Magrath.  The Pickl-e-lectric Chair was such a hit that I had to make a couple more.

This demo was very good for engaging the students into topics like circuits, electricity, what makes up an atom, electrolytes, and even safety. The students in our workshops ‘relished’ the chance to see something get electrocuted in a relatively safe way.

Here is one of the new Pickl-e-lectric Chair’s in action: