STEM: Apps, TV, and More for Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math

Do you know a budding scientist, programmer, mathematician, or engineer? Kids can sharpen their STEM skills as they engage in rich interactive activities and hear inspirational stories. Check out these websites, apps, games, books, and TV shows to spark kids' interest in STEM topics and careers.

Browse STEM: Apps, TV, and More for Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math

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Daily problem can help kids make math a habit.
URL: http://www.bedtimemath.org
(2012)
Friendly characters + STEM content = smart pick for tots.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2014)
Funny feline makes natural science fun for kids.
Network: PBS Kids
(2010)
LEARNING
Engaging app lets kids experiment, explore with TV faves.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
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Math-based adventures well-suited to preschoolers.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2011)
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STEM learning, positive role models in well-rounded series.
Network: Amazon
(2014)
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LEARNING
Fun STEM-themed free play with easy offscreen connections.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Problem-solving cyber-adventures for kids.
Network: PBS
(2004)
LEARNING
Online math game adjusts in difficulty as you play.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2009)
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Lively mixed-media series solves mysteries with math skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2014)
LEARNING
Facts and features enhance space discovery, Dr. Seuss style.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
Lively, inspiring bio of America's first female doctor.
By Tanya Lee Stone
(2013)
LEARNING
Exciting-yet-educational games in safe, social world.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2011)
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LEARNING
Information-packed tool delivers videos, photos, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
 
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Whiz kids break stereotypes, make being smart cool.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
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Smart series ignites girls' interest in science and math.
Network: PBS
(2010)
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LEARNING
Open-ended STEM challenges support innovative thinking.
URL: https://www.curiositymachine.org
(2014)
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LEARNING
Fun PBS site introduces kids to engineering.
URL: http://pbskids.org/designsquad
(2012)
A hefty science lesson mixed with tips on taking action.
By Joanna Cole
(2010)
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LEARNING
Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows, Xbox 360
(2011)
Animated short film aims to make science fun for all ages.
On DVD/Streaming
(2015)
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LEARNING
Graphical application gives kids a taste of programming.
URL: http://scratch.mit.edu/
(2009)
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Witty team puts urban legends to the scientific test.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2005)
Inventors pitch to investors in STEM-based reality.
Network: SCIENCE
(2015)
Science reality competition stresses teamwork, innovation.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2013)
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LEARNING
Excellent resource for budding engineers.
URL: http://www.engineergirl.org/
(2012)
LEARNING
Grand adventure teaches you to design your own games.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
LEARNING
Great concept; younger kids will need some guidance.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Stellar science series expands curious minds.
Network: PBS
(2005)
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LEARNING
Super, slightly static STEM info and inspiration for girls.
URL: http://forgirlsinscience.org
(2014)
Complex, suspenseful story of developing The Bomb.
By Steve Sheinkin
(2013)
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LEARNING
Popular, trusted resource covers mature topics responsibly.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
Fun look at statistics, social behavior has intense images.
Network: National Geographic Channel
(2014)
LEARNING
Superb puzzler is a smart treat for kids and their parents.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
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LEARNING
Interactive app best for tweens, teens interested in robots.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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LEARNING
Smart site gives teens hands-on experience with coding.
URL: http://www.codecademy.com
(2012)
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Fascinating docu series vibrantly explores science topics.
Network: National Geographic Channel
(2015)