Below is a selection of currently available science-based apps for smartphones (Android and iPhone) that may be of use in school science. There are many more available than we can list here so we have just included the most popular ones. If you would like to recommend some apps for inclusion on this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Naming Parts of the Body - iPad - Fees apply
The science curriculum for young children states that as part of understanding living things and life processes, children should be able to recognise and compare the main external parts of the bodies of humans. The Parts of the Body activity is a way that children can get to know the names of the main parts of the body by putting body parts and labels onto a picture of the body.
Other apps and software by Storm Educational Software can be found here: www.stormeducational.co.uk/category/apps
|Chemistry Helper - Android - Free (ad supported)
A simple app designed as a quick reference for chemistry students. Includes a periodic table with links to wikipedia, a tool to calculate molecular masses of compounds (with a button at the top to perform simple grams/moles calculations, calculate mass percents and do stoichiometry with that compound), a table of polyatomic ions, constants, solubility rules, tools for calculating molarity and much more.
|iGeology - Android - Free for non-commercial use
iGeology is for anyone who wants to explore their local geology virtually anywhere in the UK.
Amateur geologists, walkers and gardeners can look at what is in their local area, to find out about the rocks at the surface (superficial deposits) or the bedrock beneath.
Search using place names or the postcode where you live, then click on the map and reveal the rocks beneath your feet. iGeology will locate your phone (if GPS is enabled) and zoom to your location.
|Google Sky Map - Android - Free
Google Sky Map turns your Android-powered device into a window on the night sky.
Simply install and point your phone skywards. Stars, planets and constellations become visible in real time as you scroll across the sky.
|Chemistry Lab Suite - Android - Free
Solutions, chemicals, proteins, peptides, metabolites and mass spectrometry. The app aims to help scientists and students working in the field of mass spectrometry based biochemistry, biology and chemistry but also can be useful in general lab work.
|Starmap - iPhone - Fees apply
Similar to Google Sky Map, this is a sophisticated interactive star-map app that its makers call a "portable planetarium". Simply point to the sky and learn about the stars and planets you can see.