I realize this is a pretty narrow category of kids. But, when it comes to iPad apps for BabyGirl she tends to gravitate to those in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) group. Unlike some of her friends that are downloading the apps to learn how to get the latest celeb makeup look or fashion, BabyGirl gravitates to apps (games) that challenge her thinking.
And as (former) homeschoolers, there really isn’t such a thing as summer “vacation”. Summer is a time to continue learning in a more self-paced, self-directed way. Script writing? That’s possible. Set building? Sure. Learning new video techniques? Definitely! Mastering new math facts? Every day.
We’re not a typical tween household. But, we never expected we would be. And thanks to all the iPad apps that are coming out daily, we’re happy to see BabyGirl enjoy learning in such fun and creative ways. If you have a sci-girl or geek girl in your house, I’m sure they’ll really enjoy these apps too.
BabyGirl’s 5 favorite STEM-related iPad apps
1. NASA Viz
A free app, NASA Visualization Explorer is a great way for girls to learn more about science, the world, research and places few people may ever go. In full color and high quality video, this app combines some of the smartest minds in earth and space exploration with captivating images. One of the things I like is that there is a function that will define words for you. What a great way to learn vocabulary words, and not even realize it!
2. NOVA Elements
Free from PBS, NOVA Elements is about the periodic table of elements. With a chemistry nut on the iPad, this has been fun not only to learn about the elements but why they’re named the way they are or organized on the chart in certain groups but David Pogue is an excellent host. There is also a game to play and a NOVA episode of “Hunting the Elements”.
3. Not Just Another Puzzle
With both a free and paid ($0.99) version, Not Just Another Puzzle is addictive for kids of all ages. Puzzles are fun and help with logic skills. And there are no pieces that end up on the floor under the couch or accidentally sucked up by the vacuum cleaner.
4. TinkerBox HD
A free physics puzzle game that combines problem solving, creativity and engineering, TinkerBox HD is great for girls who want to make stuff and will turn your house into a junk yard if you let them. It’s like a tech version of creating a Rube Goldberg machine. Game + Learning = Winning!
5. How To Draw
While not specifically STEM focused, How To Draw helps you learn, well, how to draw. I’m a genius, right! This free app has tutorials for about 15 items that many people want to learn how to draw. I’ve found that one of the challenges for BabyGirl is trying to put her ideas down on paper because she doesn’t feel confident that she can draw well enough. This teaches many of the basics needed to help gain the confidence to be able to put ideas on paper.
I know this isn’t a comprehensive list, so feel free to share other apps your geek girls love. With thousands of apps coming out daily, it’s hard to sift through all of them. And yes, geek boys will love them too.
What STEM apps are favorites among your tween and teen girls?
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