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The Top 25 Science I-Pad Apps for Elementary Teachers

List of helpful I-Pad Apps for Science resources.


VideoScience

A growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and easy to recreate experiments that are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages.



VideoScience is hosted by Dan Menelly, a Science Teacher at the UN International School and a 2010 Einstein Fellow with the National Science Foundation in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure.



VideoScience is proudly brought to you by Science House and the Science House Foundation.


Moon Globe HD

Hold the Moon in your hands. Moon Globe HD turns your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into a precision instrument for viewing Earth's Moon. Satellite imagery and topographic laser altimeter data are combined to render the Moon with realistic lighting in realtime 3D.



Use the multitouch screen to manipulate the view. Spin above the surface, or switch to Telescope mode to see the Moon as it appears from your location on Earth. Adjust the display time and watch the sunlight shift over the lunar landscape. A "tag cloud" floats just above the surface, labeling terrain features and spacecraft; touch any label to find out more about that feature. Moon Globe also shows you where the Moon and Sun are in the sky with its dynamic sky compass.



PLEASE NOTE: Regular Moon Globe is a smaller download and is free. This HD version has slightly, not extremely, better resolution.


Molecules

Molecules is an application for viewing three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulating them using your fingers. You can rotate the molecules by moving your finger across the display, zoom in or out by using two-finger pinch gestures, or pan the molecule by moving two fingers across the screen at once. These structures can be viewed in both ball-and-stick and spacefilling visualization modes.



New molecules can be downloaded from either the RCSB Protein Data Bank (http://www.rcsb.org/pdb), an international repository of biological molecules and their 3-D structures, or NCBI's PubChem (http://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov), a public database of compounds. Molecules can be downloaded directly to your handheld device and stored there for later viewing.



Custom molecular structures can be downloaded to the application via iTunes file sharing, or through the use of custom URL formats. For more details, please visit our website.



Molecules is a BSD-licensed open source project.


3D Brain

Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures. Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research.



Created by Vivid Apps and AXS Biomedical Animation Studio for the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center. 3D Brain was produced for the Genes to Cognition (G2C) Online website funded by the Dana Foundation and Hewlett Foundation.


3D Cell

Learn about the cell and all its structures using our new 3D Cell iPhone application tool. Enjoy the ability to rotate the cell 360 degrees and zoom in on any cell structure. Visit the cell structure screen and learn more about how each structure functions. In this application you can also watch videos from our live cell video library as well. Features:



-Explore a 3D cell

-Learn about each cell structure

-Get help from our award winning Technical Support Team

-View live cell videos



Also available as an iPad app:



http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/3d-cell-simulation-stain-tool/id381129413?mt=8



Invitrogen continues to support your life science applications and biological research. Let us know what you think and how we can improve this tool.



Have fun and good luck in the lab!



Follow us on Twitter as well: @molprobes


Mars Globe HD

Take a tour of the mysterious Red Planet. This virtual globe combines a high-resolution satellite map with laser altimeter data and advanced topographic lighting to present the planet Mars as it appears from above. An Introduction and Guided Tour present some of Mars' most intriguing features. You can leave the guided tour and explore Mars as you like; over 1500 surface features have been annotated with information and links. Mars Globe HD is a must-have app for anyone interested in our solar system.



PLEASE NOTE: Regular Mars Globe is a smaller download and is free. This HD version has slightly, not extremely, better resolution and rendering.


Science Glossary

A glossary of scientific terms and short biographies that support our science education website, http://www.visionlearning.com. All definitions link to related terms and to free, detailed science learning modules. Though geared for high school and undergraduate students using our website, the glossary and modules are appropriate for anyone generally interested in science.


TempConvert Universal

TempConvert is the easiest temperature converter application available for iOS.



While calculator can convert temperatures, do you remember all the formulas for conversion? Specific numbers?



TempConvert is fully automated temperature conversion application designed for both iPhone, and iPad.



The sleek, easy to use interface makes it easy to use. Just type in the temperature you want to convert in the appropriate field, and the app does it for you, automatically. No need to press enter, or done (except the keyboard). The conversion is all done on the fly.



Best of all, it's only 99 cents.


Skeptical Science

Ever heard someone claim Global Warming isn't happening? Did their explanation seem wrong but you didn't know why?



Skeptical Science helps you find out what the peer reviewed science has to say about global warming. The easy navigation by skeptical argument allows you to take a statement and find out for yourself whether it is based on credible science or not.



Skeptical Science allows you to:

- learn more about the science of global warming

- respond to statements by skeptics with hard science



Skeptical Science also allows you to report when you have heard a particular skeptical argument. Your information is used to keep track of what arguments are 'flaring up' all across the world.



This application works offline, and regularly synchronises information from www.skepticalscience.com.


Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy

"The app works beautifully, making astronomy a bit less mysterious—but no less remarkable", MacWorld



"..one of the prettiest and easiest to use. And at three bucks, it’s a steal", Cult of Mac.



Apple App Store Staff Favorite



Voted Best Educational iPhone Application by AppAdvice



Have you ever looked up at the night sky, and wondered what exactly you were looking at? Pocket Universe is an easy-to-use app that will help you learn the names of constellations, bright stars, planets and more. You can literally hold up your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch in front of you, and the app will use the built-in compass to display the same view of the sky you see - but one that's complete with names and information.


Ultimate Dinopedia: Complete Dinosaur Reference

LOVE DINOSAURS? Dig into more than 700 dinos with National Geographic’s interactive Dinopedia!



Based on the award-winning NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS ULTIMATE DINOPEDIA: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever, this app goes beyond any dinosaur encyclopedia you’ve ever seen. Just what makes this dino app so extreme? MORE THAN 700 DINOSAURS! ASTONISHING ARTWORK! THE LATEST DISCOVERIES! AMAZING INTERACTIVES AND VIDEO!



The experts agree: The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Children's Book Council (CBC) named National Geographic’s Dinopedia an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12.


Frog Dissection

Frog Dissection from Punflay, is a greener alternative for teaching dissection in the classroom. This iPad app is suitable for middle-school students who are learning about organs and organ systems as part of their life science curriculum. Students can try dissecting a virtual specimen with all the trappings that come with the real procedure-minus the mess of course! Besides a virtual chloroformed specimen, the app comes with all the dissection tools and detailed instructions to complete the procedure. Once dissection is complete, the frog’s organs are exposed for further study. Vivid 3D images will help students visualize the internal organs very effectively. For enhanced learning experience, the app also has information on the different types of frogs, frogs’ life cycle, anatomical comparison of frogs with humans, an interactive quiz and detailed descriptions of the organs.


Science360 for iPad

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science360 for iPad provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe and a news feed featuring breaking news from NSF-funded institutions. Content is either produced by NSF or gathered from scientists, colleges and universities, and NSF science and engineering centers.


Muscle System Pro III

MUSCLE SYSTEM PRO III’ TOP FEATURES ARE:

- 360 horizontal degree rotation of any body part - with a swipe of your finger.

- Rotate vertically for inferior and superior for unique views where applicable.

- 10 layers of superficial and deep muscle.

- New 3D level with insertion / origin points mapped onto bone.

- 215 animations of every movement of each articulation (flexion, extension, etc.)

- 425 audio pronunciations, for every label.

- Draw on any screen image and then share it through email, Facebook or Twitter.

- 2 types of Quiz, Drag and Drop and Multi-choice - with ability to test on specific areas or muscles.


Britannica Kids: Volcanoes

Volcanoes are an awesome display of the Earth’s power. Explore them interactively with this new app and learn about the world’s major volcanoes and their eruptions, lava, plate tectonics, and much more. Learn and play at the same time through a variety of games like Memory Match, Jigsaw Puzzles, and the Magic Square among others. Learning has never been more fun with this interactive and educational app that is based on school curriculum.


Ball & Stick

Ball & Stick is a high-quality molecular visualization app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The app is perfect for people interested in molecular modeling, structural biology, biochemistry, and computer-aided drug design. The fast, high-performance viewer is ideal for meetings, conferences, and travel where traditional desktop systems are unavailable and high-quality visualizations are critical. New molecules can be easily downloaded from the RCSB Protein Data Bank for free and are stored on the device for offline interaction.


Monster Anatomy HD - Lower Limb

Monster Anatomy HD - Lower Limb is an interactive lower limb radiology atlas presented at the 2009 Radiological Society of North America annual meeting.


GeneIndexHD

The app has hit end of life with iOS8. Last compatible version is iOS7.x



GeneIndex quickly provides information about genes from various sources. It also includes a RSS reader for journal feeds as well as a PubMed viewer.



Key Features:

* Look up genes by symbol or description.

* Gene indexes for many mammals, plants, invertebrates, and bacteria.

* Link to gene info on websites.

* Download files for offline use. (.pdf, .mp3, .m4v, .doc, .ppt, .xls )

* transfer files via open in, email, or iTunes file sharing

* View RSS feeds for journals

* Query GeneRIF interactions, COSMIC mutations, and CNV data for cell lines.

* Does not require a network connection for local databases.

* View and search PubMed in table view.

* Auto download PDF files linked to PubMed or RSS feeds. (Subscriptions may be required depending upon the journal)


Star Walk™ HD - 5 Stars Astronomy Guide

Star Walk is the most beautiful stargazing app you’ve ever seen on a mobile device. It will become your go-to interactive astro guide to the night sky, following your every movement in real-time and allowing you to explore over 200, 000 celestial bodies with extensive information about stars and constellations that you find.


Solar Walk™ - Planets of the Solar System

Remember building a solar system in high school? Cups and papier-mache balls are in the past, because Solar Walk is an interactive orrery that shows all planets and satellites of the solar system in their correct positions in real time.



This 3D solar system model lets you navigate between planets, see their positions on a specific date, explore how they move and why. You will see the entire Milky Way galaxy from a far and zoom in to study all the planets and satellites in close-up, learn their trajectories, inner structures, history of their exploration, and geography.



Every planet has extensive information: size, mass, orbital velocity, exploratory missions, thickness of structural layers, and composition of atmosphere.


Explore a 3D globe of the Moon!



Moon Atlas is an astronomy application that lets you use pinch and finger gestures to manipulate a 3D globe of the Moon. This is a rendered sphere and not a static map image. As you zoom in more labels appear as finer detail comes into view. You can double tap on the labels to get more information about a particular feature.


Supernova

Supernova is an animated real time visualizer of exploding stars and nebulae.




  • Watch stellar visuals in deep space as they slowly expand and contract.


National Geographic World Atlas

The National Geographic World Atlas brings you the highest resolution map images available, delivering the stunning detail, accuracy, and beauty National Geographic is known for.


Popular Science+

TRY POPULAR SCIENCE+ FREE FOR 30 DAYS.



Popular Science+ has ALL the same content as the print magazine, along with special iPad-only features.



Print subscribers can access the digital issue for FREE by downloading this app, tapping the Current Subscribers button, and following the instructions to create an account.



New digital subscribers will be billed 30 days after purchasing. If you do not wish to be billed and continue your subscription, simply turn off auto-renew at least 24 hours before the end of your free trial period.



SPECIAL SCIENCE FICTION ISSUE

More than 100 pages of mind-bending science fiction, including original work from Popular Science, a short story anthology from up-and-coming writers, and a graphic novel based on Isaac Asimov's legendary Nightfall, one of the greatest pieces of short science fiction ever written. Free with an annual subscription or available as a single copy.


The Elements by Theodore Gray

Of all the periodic table apps, there is only one which Stephen Fry described as “Alone worth the price of an iPad!”. The Elements is not just a reference app, it is a rich and engaging love story of the periodic table, told in words and pictures, and allowing you to experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of our universe in a way you've never seen before.