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

Do you know a budding scientist, programmer, mathematician, or engineer? These apps, TV shows, websites, games, and books are perfect for a kid who loves to tinker, experiment, and build. Kids can sharpen their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills as they engage in rich interactive activities and learn about inspirational stories in these fields. From books about successful women in STEM to apps that make coding easy, use these tools to open up a world of possibility and spark kids' interest in STEM topics and careers. For more fun STEM-related media, check out our list of Cool STEM Books and Best Engineering Games, Apps, and Websites.

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Bedtime Math Website Poster Image
Daily problem can help kids make math a habit.
URL: http://bedtimemath.org/
(2012)
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Blaze and the Monster Machines TV Poster Image
Friendly characters + STEM content = smart pick for tots.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2014)
(2014)
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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That TV Poster Image
Funny feline makes natural science fun for kids.
Network: PBS Kids
(2010)
(2010)
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Sid's Science Fair App Poster Image
Engaging app lets kids experiment, explore with TV faves.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Team Umizoomi Game Poster Image
Math-based adventures well-suited to preschoolers.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2011)
(2011)
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Think & Learn Code-a-pillar App Poster Image
Dancing caterpillar gives young kids easy intro to coding.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Annedroids TV Poster Image
STEM learning, positive role models in well-rounded series.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
(2013)
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Crazy Gears App Poster Image
Fun STEM-themed free play with easy offscreen connections.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Curious George Train Adventures - A STEM-based learning game for kids 4-6! App Poster Image
Charming graphics, basic engineering, prominent purchases.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Cyberchase TV Poster Image
Problem-solving cyber-adventures for kids.
Network: PBS
(2004)
(2002)
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DreamBox Learning Math Game Poster Image
Online math game adjusts in difficulty as you play.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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Odd Squad TV Poster Image
Lively mixed-media series solves mysteries with math skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2014)
(2014)
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Thinkrolls 2 App Poster Image
Maze puzzler packed with smart, science fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell Book Poster Image
Lively, inspiring bio of America's first female doctor.
By Tanya Lee Stone
(2013)
(2013)
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Busy Water App Poster Image
Solve and create puzzles that gush with STEM learning.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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How It Works? - Games for Kids to Learn & Discover App Poster Image
Superb mix of exploration, games, and offline activities.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Science Journal by Google App Poster Image
Nifty tool for gathering data on favorite devices.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
(2017)
(2017)
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Toy Hackers TV Poster Image
STEM-geared toy line yields funny, creative web series.
Network: YouTube
(2016)
(2016)
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GoldieBlox: Adventures in Coding - The Rocket Cupcake Co. App Poster Image
Story-based coding adventure plus diverse girl-empowerment.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Math Blaster Online Game Poster Image
Exciting-yet-educational games in safe, social world.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
(2011)
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NASA App App Poster Image
Information-packed tool delivers videos, photos, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Project Mc2 TV Poster Image
Whiz kids break stereotypes, make being smart cool.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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SciGirls TV Poster Image
Smart series ignites girls' interest in science and math.
Network: PBS
(2010)
(2010)
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SpriteBox Coding App Poster Image
Puzzle-based platformer teaches kids actual code.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Curiosity Machine Website Poster Image
Open-ended STEM challenges support innovative thinking.
URL: https://www.curiositymachine.org
(2014)
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Design Squad Global Website Poster Image
Fun PBS site introduces kids to engineering.
URL: http://pbskids.org/designsquad
(2012)
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Fight for Space Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful docu about space program urges return to cosmos.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge Book Poster Image
A hefty science lesson mixed with tips on taking action.
By Joanna Cole
(2010)
(2010)
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Minecraft Game Poster Image
Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2011)
(2011)
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Scratch Website Poster Image
Graphical application gives kids a taste of programming.
URL: http://scratch.mit.edu/
(2009)
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How to Make Electricity App Poster Image
Experiment with virtual electricity; some guidance needed.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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MythBusters TV Poster Image
Witty team puts urban legends to the scientific test.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2005)
(2003)
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All-American Makers TV Poster Image
Inventors pitch to investors in STEM-based reality.
Network: SCIENCE
(2015)
(2015)
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The Big Brain Theory TV Poster Image
Science reality competition stresses teamwork, innovation.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2013)
(2013)
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Engineer Girl Website Poster Image
Excellent resource for budding engineers.
URL: http://www.engineergirl.org/
(2012)
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Gamestar Mechanic Game Poster Image
Grand adventure teaches you to design your own games.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
(2010)
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GLOBE Observer App Poster Image
Collect data as a citizen scientist; location required.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Move the Turtle. Learn to code App Poster Image
Great concept; younger kids will need some guidance.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2013)
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NOVA TV Poster Image
Stellar science series expands curious minds.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1974)
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Swift Playgrounds App Poster Image
Learning feels like play in sleek, approachable coder.
Devices: iPad
(2016)
(2017)
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Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World Book Poster Image
Lively, illustrated bios encourage girls to pursue STEM.
By Rachel Ignotofsky
(2016)
(2016)
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For Girls in Science Website Poster Image
Super, slightly static STEM info and inspiration for girls.
URL: http://forgirlsinscience.org
(2014)
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HowStuffWorks App Poster Image
Popular, trusted resource covers mature topics responsibly.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
(2011)
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The Numbers Game TV Poster Image
Fun look at statistics, social behavior has intense images.
Network: National Geographic Channel
(2014)
(2013)
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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Game Poster Image
Superb puzzler is a smart treat for kids and their parents.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
(2012)
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Robots for iPad App Poster Image
Interactive app best for tweens, teens interested in robots.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2012)
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Codecademy Website Poster Image
Smart site gives teens hands-on experience with coding.
URL: http://www.codecademy.com
(2012)
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Breakthrough TV Poster Image
Fascinating docu series vibrantly explores science topics.
Network: National Geographic Channel
(2015)
(2015)
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The Long Journey Home Game Poster Image
Space tale filled with challenge, choice, and consequence.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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