Two STEM applications as a first step towards science

Jeroen Langendam

STEM topics are tough. Unless it stimulates curiosity. A good STEM app makes these infamous themes within reach.

When you want to teach kids something, you can follow two strategies. In the first strategy, you lock them into a space and force them to listen in silence to someone telling a story in front of a screen. This is the classic style of education, and its shortcomings are well known. The other strategy is to get kids curious so that they can investigate themselves. This requires some direction, so they absorb the least needed substance, but generally results in a much broader knowledge.

Educational games and STEM apps are ideal for the latter approach. The following two apps cannot guarantee that all children will choose a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but they do increase their chance.

STEM The Elements app makes access to the periodic table

The periodic table of the elements is the basis of everything we know about chemistry. All known elements are arranged in such a way as to demonstrate their relationship. The way everything relates is great, but the periodic table is so boring that a little bit of that magic remains.

Afb: Theodore Gray

STEM app “The Elements by Theodore Gray” is a beautifully designed app (for Apple devices). It takes the well-known design of the periodic table as a basis. Due to the beautiful 3D images of the elements, you want to click on them automatically, so that you learn more and more about the elements and go unnoticed.

In the 1990s, we dispelled boredom (in the classroom) by digging for the most nonsense facts in Pinas. This app was a real gift.

This STEM app is also available in Dutch and French via App Store Available for $ 12.99.

Every inventor has inventors

The following app has a completely different look. Where the items feature an elegant design, the inventors are more cartoonish. This STEM app focuses on the principles of physics. Inventors invite you to use all kinds of everyday things to make the most unusual inventions.

STEM App “The Inventioneers” (Afb: Playstore)

It does not matter whether these inventions have any practical use. The essence is to get acquainted with the scientific and physical theories. Think about air resistance, thermodynamics, magnetism, and gravity. These are difficult topics when presented to you in class. From trying it on, it suddenly seems very logical.

Inventors are available through App Store And across Google apps. In the free version, you can access the first three chapters. This gives you a total of 45 inventions, consisting of 40 items. You can also unlock early inventors. The paid version ($ 4.99) adds 8 chapters. These are good for 40 new objects with which to make another 120 inventions.

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