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Ever since my oldest son started school we could tell what his favorite subjects were and which were most definitely not. When it came to reading, spelling, or anything in the English department we had to beg and fight our way through homework. On the other hand, with math and science, he would often finish the homework at school or totally be excited to do it when he got home. No fighting. No begging. Just an eagerness and gleam in his eye.
Fast forward 5 years and that is still the case but now he has some awards and achievements to go along with it. Last year he was identified as a Duke University Talent Identification Program student for his amazing test scores in math. We are so proud of him!
To help further our son’s love of math and science we try to make sure even the games he plays on his iPad are STEM related (after all his father is a computer programmer). Here are 10 brain building STEM apps that are sure to resonate with like-minded children.
In Hopscotch, children learn to code their own games and apps. Once done they can play them and share with others.
This app gets children thinking about cause and effect in a fun way. In this puzzle game, your child will learn about physical properties like gravity, tension, and motion as they progress through each level manipulating objects.
In this free physics puzzle game, your child will learn basic engineering concepts as well as science facts. It takes creative problem-solving skills to a whole new level even for children as young as 4 years old.
In this building app, your child will use their imagination to build and operate their inventions in real time. Using hands-on physics they will solve missions and learn about concepts such as mass, force, friction, and more.
The Robot Factory
In this app, your child can create robot after robot with over a million different combinations possible. They will learn about basic physics through the successes and failures of their inventions.
Odd Bot Out
In this contraption puzzle game, your goal is to help Odd the robot escape from the recycling bin. Your child will use electricity, physics, and building blocks to help him out.
Using physics concepts, your child will navigate mazes through hands-on manipulation. Through trial and error, they will learn what works and what does not.
The Everything Machine
Using features of the iPad and iPhone, your child can create different machines using an image-based programming language. This app will introduce your child to circuitry and programming.
Using programming, your child will help R-obbie the Robot get back to his planet. This app makes programming fun and easy to learn with drag and drop programming instructions.
In this puzzle game, your child will be introduced to coding, computer science, and programming. Each level will require using programming logic to proceed to the next level.
What was your favorite subject as a kid?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.