Science360 for iPad




Amazing free app sparks imagination and learning.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Swipe across the multitude of photos and then tap to watch video, read text, save, or share via Twitter, Facebook, or email.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No need to register, no personal information required. Sharing via via Twitter, Facebook, or email are all optional.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Science 360 is a free, high-quality science and engineering news and information app published by the National Science Foundation. The scores of videos here -- including scientists interacting with jellyfish or mathematicians studying how snakes move to help create new mechanical engineering programs -- will appeal to science- and nature-loving kids. Others features, like text-only segments about motorized nanocars or computer charged density of FeO, may be too esoteric for most younger kids or teens who aren't science minded. Users can share what they find here via Facebook, Twitter, and email.

What kids can learn



  • biology
  • chemistry
  • physics


Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions
  • investigation
  • thinking critically

Engagement, Approach, Support


Science-minded kids will soak in the beautiful images and videos plus lots of compelling new information. The overwhelming main page with very little direction may be too much visual stimulation to choose from for some kids.

Learning Approach

Kids learn by viewing a large group of updated thumbnail images related to science videos and text, choosing the ones that interest them or are relevant to their current studies, and then sharing them socially.


The icon-based tutorial could use more info. There's not much direction or ability to search for specific titles. Related titles appear when kids dig into one that catches their eye from the main page. Users can star favorites.

What kids can learn



  • biology
  • chemistry
  • physics


Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions
  • investigation
  • thinking critically

Kids can learn about a wide variety of science, nature, space, and engineering topics, presented in videos, photos, and text. Kids can also discover the world of scientists and research centers, and they'll find links to more information. Younger kids may only want to watch the videos, as the text in many segments contains high-level vocabulary and complex sentences. The app is engaging, but would be even more so with quizzes or other interactive options. The world of science is at kids' fingertips, but interactivity is limited and detail may be overwhelming.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

Is it any good?


Downloading SCIENCE 360 is like introducing your kids to the brightest minds and the most interesting work currently being done in a variety of science, math, and engineering fields around the world. Younger kids may only want to watch the videos, as the text in many of the segments contains higher-level vocabulary. But there is something here to learn for anyone of almost any age. The fact that this app will hold your kid's attention (or yours) for hours on end is not surprising. What is incredible is that it's free

Families can talk about...

  • Watch videos or read stories on this site with your kid and note the diversity of the scientists, conveying that anyone can be a scientist.

  • Talk about ways science impacts daily life. For example, one segment talks about how science can help you track your energy usage via smartphone. How could you use this kind of data in your home?

App details

Pricing structure:Free
Release date:June 8, 2011
Size:11.10 MB
Publisher:National Science Foundation
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 9 years old January 14, 2014

Science at your fingertips!

This is a great app for kids who want to learn about science! It is a little hard to figure out what is going on with it at first, but after a few minutes of playing around with it, you get the hang of it. You can watch movies and read stuff about interesting science things.
Educator Written bykmattina February 17, 2014

So much Science!

Science 360 is an app that has many videos about different Science subjects. This is app is fun for exploring but is not something that will help you learn more about a certain subject. Science 360 has a lot of pictures that students can click on to read more or watch a video. Sometimes the videos take too long too load and some kids had the app freeze or quit. Also, some of the videos are inappropriate for young kids and could scare them. It is a very fun app to use if you want to learn new science facts but it is not very good for looking up certin subjects. In conclusion, Science 360 is a fun app for playing but not a great app for learning.


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