STEM toys and apps are all the rage. Get your kids learning the latest with science, technology, engineering and math with these fun gadgets and apps.
STEM Toys and Apps
Science Technology Engineering Math – here are creative options for teaching your kids, expanding their minds thru play.
Program a Drone with Tynker
No prior computer programming experience is necessary with Tynker! Download the free Tynker.com app to use a colorful, super simple programming language to code a Parrot minidrone.
Whether your kids spot the drone rolling through the school hallways or after school flying high in the park, itll be the most popular activity for kids learning code, in and out of the classroom. Well-behaved coders can purchase a Parrot mini drone ($69) here – an awesome STEM toy!
LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3
Young Lego fans will get a chance to play and learn at the same time. LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 makes building, programming and commanding your own LEGO robots smarter, faster, and more fun than ever. Kids can follow simple steps and before you know it, theyll be in control of robots that drive, shoot, slither, walk, slam, and spin to name just a few of the actions that come with this awesome robotics set. Turning your kids into makers has never been so easy!
LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 is available here and the app is available for free for all tablets.
Learning math is as easy as 1-2-3 with Splash Math
Practice adds up with Splash Math and parents can supplement traditional math lessons with this comprehensive math practice program that adapts to your child’s need and skill. Splash Math has excellent sounds and graphics. Available on desktops, laptops and iPad for free.
Science goes intergalactic with Galaxyz!
Galxyz is a science education app for tablet computers (or playable online) intended for children in upper elementary school (third grade and up: the ability to read is a requirement for independent play). Its based on the Next Generation Science Standards, the first interactive learning experience to do so.
The app uses a narrative structure in which a young blue-skinned person named Thalo (you can choose a male or female version) walks through an icy landscape and meets a small flying squirrel-like creature. The creature turns out to be Grit, a Chakkaran on a mission to protect the Tome and guard scientific knowledge. Grit guides Thalo through text to explore aspects of science, and, along the way, teaches scientific terminology and concepts.
Pricing ranges from ninety-nine cents for a new module and $7.99 for all available modules or a subscription option for all future modules.
Say Adios to Flash Cards with Duolingos TinyCards
While students have been using flash cards to memorize facts and vocabulary at least since the Victorian era, it’s no secret that the study tools can be deathly dull. Duolingo, the free language learning app just launched TinyCards, a game-like, modern version of flash cards that automatically tracks what users already have learned and even lets users level up, video game-style, as they progress in their knowledge.
TinyCards launched with hundreds of illustrated virtual decks on subjects from languages to science. Users are also able to create and share their own decks on subjects of their choice, from wine pairings to characters from Game of Thrones and Pokémon and available on iOs.
What are your favorite STEM toys and apps? What are your kids favorites? Share!
Mom to 4 kids, Molly aka Digital Mom is the blogger-in-chief here at digitalmomblog.com. Talking technology and mom life, Molly shares the realities of parents digital kids.