3 Great Science Apps to Start the School Year
Ah, summer. I spent June and July browsing fun science apps and taking a much deserved break from blogging. Here are some fun ones to explore this fall and consider using with your classes during the next school year. A number of these were found on "apps gone free" and if you haven't downloaded it, do it and you may find many apps offered for free or discounted prices for a limited time.
Chemio-Chemio is a great reference for chemistry students. Until I stumbled across this, I used "The Elements" which is good, but extremely expensive. Although Chemio doesn't have shiny rotating 3d pictures of elements, it does has many of the same features such as periodic table information, solubility, molar calculator, and atomic model with orbitals. On a quasi-related note, "little alchemy" is a free web-based game with dubious chemistry laws, but it is the most fun young learners will have when learning about how many elements they can make!
Skeptical Science is great for debunking the the opinions of people that decry global warming as a myth. The app helps users navigate the arguments against global warming and find factual rebuttals to arguments such as "Antarctic ice is growing" and "The warmest year on record happened long ago". Since 9 of the last 10 years have been the warmest on record, and 97% of climate scientists agree that it is happening despite what the fossil fuel industry says, this seems to still be a political hot-potato.
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