The idea of a studious learner hunched over a sometimes worse-for-wear textbook is fast becoming a relic of the past as more and more schools adopt tablet devices like the Apple iPad to enrich student learning. With a thriving marketplace of educational apps, these products offer the benefits of reaching students through multiple mediums (visual, kinesthetic, and auditory), on devices many are already familiar with from their home lives.
Below, we’ll take a look at five of the hottest science apps currently available in the app store for the iPad:
Frog Dissection by Emantras Inc.
Hate the yuck factor of real-world dissections? There’s an app for that. Frog Dissection has received favorable press from many outlets, ranging from PETA’s Mark Twain Ethical Science Award to being featured on Apple’s “What’s Hot” and “New and Noteworthy” lists.
Recommended for middle school or even high school biology students, this app includes all of the dissection tools one would expect to use in a real life dissection, as well as detailed instructions to guide the student through each step of the process.
Other features include a comparison of human and frog anatomy, information on the types of frogs frogs’ life cycles, and an interactive quiz.
Solar Walk by Vito Technology Inc.
Solar Walk allows users to navigate the solar system in a 3D model. See each planet up close and personal, and learn interesting facts such as the planet’s trajectory, mass, inner makeup, distance to the sun, and more.
One of the most popular features of this app is its 3D support. To enable this functionality, the user needs a pair of green/red 3D glasses. The app also supports 3D TV technology (with standard 3D TV glasses).
This app has been featured on Apple’s “Best Apps of 2010″ and “Best Apps of 2011″ lists.
iPhysics by Marc Burkhardt
Psychics students rejoice! Formulas are just a fingertip’s touch away with the iPhysics app. This app allows users to add personal notes to each formula, and users can also select one of three priority levels for formulas, making them easy to reference when needed.
Also, with the ability to create custom groups, preparing for a test has never been easier.
The following branches of physics are supported:
- Atomic and nuclear physics
- Fluid mechanics
- Oscillations and waves
3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool by Invitrogen Corporation
Biology students will love the 3D Cell app created by Invitrogen Corporation. This app allows the user a 360 degree view of the cell, as well as the ability to zoom in on any cell structure.
Included is a description of every cell structure, such as the nucleus, mitochondria, golgi, etc. Also, this app features the ability to “stain” cells and create your own labeled fluorescent cells. Videos help guide you and provide extra educational content.
This app is the 2010 W3 Awards Silver Winner.
Visible Body 3D Human Anatomy Atlas
Visible Body 3D Human Anatomy Atlas has been featured in an Apple iPad commercial, making it perhaps one of the most well known science apps available. The graphics rendering is simply amazing, providing crystal-clear insight into the body’s systems.
No stone is left unturned, with the app covering the muscular, skeletal, respiratory, reproductive, nervous, circulatory, and digestive systems. Each section contains thorough descriptions and finely detailed, anautomically correct, models.
Awards for this app include the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Association of Medical Illustrators.
About the Author:
Chris Mitchell is a freelance writer for Trinity Prep School, a Charlotte, NC based private school.