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Classify It! App Poster Image
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Great tool for building scientific-classification skills; kids group living things based on shared characteristics, such as the habit of building nests or scientific names such as "fungi" or "bacteria."

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Crayon Physics Deluxe Game Poster Image
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Physics? Child's play! Watch your drawings gain weight and mass, creating puzzles that teach the principles of physics.

Linux, Mac, Windows
Crazy Plant Shop Game Poster Image
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Plant-shop sim slyly weaves real science content about genetics, such as dominant and recessive genes, and selective breeding into the business of running a plant shop.

Linux, Mac, Windows
Curiosity Machine Website Poster Image
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Open-ended STEM challenges support innovative thinking through an experience that's like having a big sister or brother who's into science and shows you cool stuff. The interface is bright and bold, the videos intriguing, and the feedback very positive.

Design Squad Global Website Poster Image
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Fun PBS site introduces elementary schoolers to science and engineering through fun games and activities. Breaks down the scientific process of brainstorming and prototyping, combined with at-home design challenges.

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Help Your Child at Home

  • Discuss your family's history and stories. Brainstorm ways to use technology to capture the story effectively, and help your child create a presentation, song, poem, or essay that expresses the story's tone and main ideas.
  • Do simple math to accomplish a task: If you're building a box, how much wood will you need for the sides? Measure the length, width, and height of the box. How would you figure out the volume of water it would hold?
  • Start to talk with your child about bullying, including cyberbullying. Even though social media may be years away, plant the seeds now for helping kids understand appropriate interactions, and let kids know they can talk to you about it.