Best Engineering Games, Apps, and Websites for Kids

As kids become more interested in STEM, they may turn to apps, games, and websites to test their engineering skills. Budding gearheads can take their tinkering to the next level with this selection of products that are all about making things work. Whether they're designing structures in Minecraft or solving construction puzzles on their phones, young engineers can use these resources to get excited about building, designing, and learning about machines and structures. For more great STEM tools, try our list of our favorite Building and Maker Apps, Games, and Websites and these Books for Kids Who Love Math and Science.

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APP

Tami's Tower

age 4+

Build a tower, test, and improve to help a hungry monkey.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2019)
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WEBSITE

DiscoverE

age 5+

Stellar source of engineering info and experiments.

URL: http://discovere.org (2020)
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RaceCraft - Build & Race

age 6+

Polished, fun track builder with pressure to buy.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Super Mario Maker 2

age 6+

Fun, accessible editing tools expose kids to game design.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2019)
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WEBSITE

Curiosity Machine

age 8+

Open-ended STEM challenges support innovative thinking.

URL: https://www.curiositymachine.org (2014)
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Design Squad Global

age 8+

Fun PBS site introduces kids to engineering.

URL: http://pbskids.org/designsquad (2012)
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APP

DIY Nano

age 8+

Spark big interest in tiny things on this super science app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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APP

Skyscrapers by Tinybop

age 7+

Build, explore, design, and learn about tall buildings.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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GAME

LittleBigPlanet 2: Move Pack

age 8+

Fun motion controls improve an already great creative game.

Platforms: PlayStation 3 (2011)
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GAME

Minecraft

age 8+

Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.

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GAME

Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Variety Kit

age 8+

Unique making experience melds crafting with video games.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2018)
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GAME

Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Vehicle Kit

age 8+

Creative vehicle kit adds large new world to explore.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2018)
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GAME

Nintendo Labo Toy-Con VR Kit

age 8+

Cardboard crafting meets fun virtual reality experiences.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2019)
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APP

Trainyard

age 8+

Route trains to correct stations in this innovative stumper.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2011)
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APP

World of Goo

age 8+

Great physics puzzler works well with touch interface.

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WEBSITE

DIY

age 9+

Maker community celebrates skill building and creativity.

URL: https://www.diy.org (2013)
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WEBSITE

Engineering.com Games

age 9+

Deep selection of thought-provoking game links.

URL: http://www.engineering.com/GamesPuzzles/tabid/82/Default.aspx (2013)
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APP

Inventioneers Full Version

age 9+

Excellent physics puzzler emphasizes engineering practices.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2015)
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APP

Cargo-Bot

age 10+

Challenging puzzler teaches kids to think like programmers.

Devices: iPad (2012)
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GAME

Dreams

age 10+

Extraordinary collection of powerful content-creation tools.

Platforms: PlayStation 4 (2020)
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