Free App: PBS Play and Learn Science

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in Android Apps, iOS Apps, Mobile Apps, STEM and STEAM

iPad App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1300256105?mt=8&ref=edshelf

iPhone App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1300256105?mt=8&ref=edshelf

Android Phone App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.org.pbskids.playandlearn&ref=edshelf

Android Tablet App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.org.pbskids.playandlearn&ref=edshelf

Play with shadows, control the weather, roll and slide objects down a ramp, choose the best materials for an umbrella – all while building science inquiry skills and learning core science concepts. The games in the app encourage kids to see the science in their world. They are intentionally designed to serve as catalysts for real-world exploration by modeling real-world locations and experiences. The related hands-on activities and parent notes prompt families to “try it” at home and provide tips for engaging in conversations.

KEY FEATURES
• 12 engaging games covering core topics in Earth Science, Physical Science, and Life Science
• Drawing tool and stickers from all the games
• Parent section with tips for parent-child engagement and activities for extending the learning into the real world
• Completely bilingual (English/Spanish)
• Developed in collaboration with early childhood experts

ABOUT PBS KIDS
The Play and Learn Science app is part of PBS KIDS’ ongoing commitment to helping kids build the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital media, as well as community-based programs.

For more PBS KIDS apps, visit http://www.pbskids.org/apps.

Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is Director of Technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. In that role, he also directs The Adele & Dale Young Education Technology Center (The YETC) located in room 170 of the Education Building on Utah State University's Logan campus. The YETC is a combination student open­access computer facility, a K­12 curriculum materials library, a NASA Educator Resource Center for Utah, and a technology training center. Nathan served eight years (2004­2012) on the Board of Directors for the Utah Coalition for Education Technology (UCET) He was re­elected in 2014 to serve another two year term on the board. A former elementary school teacher, Nathan has taught students every age from young children to senior citizens. He has had the opportunity beginning in 2011 to train international high school teachers from all over the world about technology in education, through the U.S. State