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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The Cat in the Hat Builds That App Poster Image
Upbeat feline offers fun STEM exploration on- and offscreen.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2019)
(2018)
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Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years: Our Universe, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Our planet tells its own history in fun, kid-friendly way.
By Stacy McAnulty
(2017)
(2017)
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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race Book Poster Image
Picture book intro to important, inspirational story.
By Margot Lee Shetterly, Winifred Conkling
(2018)
(2018)
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How to Code a Sandcastle Book Poster Image
Solid coding lessons fill fun tale of girl and her robot.
By Josh Funk
(2018)
(2018)
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Jet's Bot Builder: Robot Games App Poster Image
Build robots and more in challenging space puzzler.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2019)
(2019)
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Peep Ciencias: Rampas App Poster Image
Awesome tool to explore STEM concepts on- and offline.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2018)
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Tami's Tower App Poster Image
Build a tower, test, and improve to help a hungry monkey.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2019)
(2019)
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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, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine Book Poster Image
Fascinating bio of remarkable 19th-century female inventor.
By Laurie Wallmark
(2016)
(2015)
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Ada Twist, Scientist Book Poster Image
Inquisitive girl pursues science in fun, lively story.
By Andrea Beaty
(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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Catie's Amazing Machines TV Poster Image
Stereotype-busting STEM show has lots of fun vehicles.
Network: Comcast Kid Central, CBeebies
(2019)
(2018)
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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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DiscoverE Website Poster Image
Stellar source of engineering info and experiments.
URL: http://discovere.org
(2020)
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DreamBox Learning Math Website Poster Image
Online math games adjust in difficulty as you play.
URL: https://www.dreambox.com
(2009)
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Elinor Wonders Why TV Poster Image
Eager preschoolers' curiosity yields learning opportunities.
Network: PBS Kids
(2020)
(2020)
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Emily's Wonder Lab TV Poster Image
Great STEM series inspires kid scientists to wonder.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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IXL Website Poster Image
IXL
Hundreds of learning activities build skills and confidence.
URL: https://www.ixl.com/
(2016)
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K-5 Science for Kids - Tappity App Poster Image
Peppy, interactive science engages curious kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2021)
(2021)
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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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Rosie Revere, Engineer Book Poster Image
Aspiring engineer learns to keep on trying in upbeat tale.
By Andrea Beaty
(2013)
(2013)
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Super Sema TV Poster Image
Fun Africa-set STEM superhero series has great role models.
Network: YouTube
(2021)
(2021)
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Thinkrolls 2 App Poster Image
Maze puzzler packed with smart, science fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, 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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Kodable App Poster Image
Fun programming logic for kids, great resources for parents.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2020)
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MathTango App Poster Image
Monsters dance their way through kids' math practice.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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NASA NeMO-Net App Poster Image
Learn about ocean life, help scientists map the ocean floor.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac
(2020)
(2020)
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RaceCraft - Build & Race App Poster Image
Polished, fun track builder with pressure to buy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2019)
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Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Girl invents a painting machine in fun story of engineering.
By Andrea Beaty
(2018)
(2018)
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Super Mario Maker 2 Game Poster Image
Fun, accessible editing tools expose kids to game design.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2019)
(2019)
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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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What Miss Mitchell Saw Book Poster Image
Superb art adds to inspiring bio of 1800s female astronomer.
By Hayley Barrett
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Fast Forward Girls TV Poster Image
Upbeat STEM series highlights mentorship for girls.
Network: YouTube
(2019)
(2019)
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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 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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States of Matter by Tinybop App Poster Image
Explore the states of matter to solidify science knowledge.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2019)
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Careergirls.org Website Poster Image
Stellar starting point of vocational information for girls.
URL: https://www.careergirls.org
(2019)
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Code.org Website Poster Image
Clear instruction can turn kids into coding superstars.
URL: https://code.org
(2019)
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Code the Robot. Save the Cat App Poster Image
Create and play with cute, cat-friendly coding puzzler.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Ellie, Engineer, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Girl solves boys-vs.-girls dispute in smart series start.
By Jackson Pearce
(2018)
(2018)
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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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Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor: Frank Einstein, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Scientific smarts and goofy humor are a winning experiment.
By Jon Scieszka
(2014)
(2014)
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Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition Book Poster Image
Powerful true story of African American women at NASA.
By Margot Lee Shetterly
(2017)
(2016)
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JigSpace App Poster Image
Cool virtual models for learning; AR has limitations.
Devices: iPhone, iPad
(2019)
(2019)
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Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars Book Poster Image
Inspiring look at the young lives of famous scientists.
By David Stabler
(2019)
(2018)
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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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Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment Book Poster Image
Orphan uses science to save world in fast-paced adventure.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2018)
(2018)
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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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Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Variety Kit Game Poster Image
Unique making experience melds crafting with video games.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2018)
(2018)
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Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Complete Edition Game Poster Image
Whole lot of building fun in one package.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Secret Coders, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fun, funny graphic novel promotes programming.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2015)
(2015)
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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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Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself: Nick and Tesla, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Kids fight crime with science in edutaining mystery.
By Science Bob Pflugfelder, Steve Hockensmith
(2013)
(2013)
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Sky Guide App Poster Image
Explore your night sky and study the history of the stars.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Dreams Game Poster Image
Extraordinary collection of powerful content-creation tools.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2020)
(2020)
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Emmy in the Key of Code Book Poster Image
Coding, music, and friendship in inspiring free-verse novel.
By Aimee Lucido
(2019)
(2019)
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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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How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure Book Poster Image
Brilliantly told and illustrated story of the epic moonshot.
By John Rocco
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Poly Bridge 2 Game Poster Image
If you dream it and build it, will it stay standing?
Platforms: Windows
(2020)
(2020)
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Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematican Katherine Johnson Book Poster Image
Must-read true story of trailblazing NASA mathematician.
By Katherine Johnson
(2019)
(2019)
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Swift Playgrounds App Poster Image
Learning feels like play in sleek, approachable coder.
Devices: iPad
(2016)
(2018)
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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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The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia TV Poster Image
Sweet Latinx throwback sitcom has romance, girl power.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Movie Poster Image
Superb true tale of remarkable teen; some violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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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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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: https://www.codecademy.com/
(2012)
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Screen Queens Book Poster Image
Teen girls overcome sexism in must-read Silicon Valley tale.
By Lori Goldstein
(2019)
(2019)
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Zooniverse App Poster Image
Crowd-sourced research engages kids in science exploration.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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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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