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  • 123D Catch
    An app that lets you turn pictures into 3-D models.
  • 123D Design
    Create 3-D designs and send them to 123D Make http://www.123dapp.com/make
    for printing.
  • 123D Make
    Can be used on iPad, Mac, Windows desktops and online.
  • 3-D tin
    A web-based program that provides templates for re-creating existing 3-D models or allows you to build one from scratch.
  • Alice
    ce is a 3D programming environment that allows students create animations, interactive games, or videos to share on the web. The application will help students understand key principles such as object orientated programming and 3D modeling.
  • Blockly
    A free Google program designed to teach students about if-then logic through a visual interface. Features jigsaw-like pieces containing commands that you snap together to create an application.
  • Cargo-Bot
    Cargo-Bot is another game that teaches coding skills. On each level, the objective is to move colored crates from one place to another by programming a claw crane to move left or right, and drop or pick up. The game was actually programmed on an iPad, using a touch-based coding app called Codea, which is based on the programming language Lua.
  • Code
    For students and teachers who want to learn basic computer programming.
  • Code Academy
    Learn to code for free.
  • Code Monster
    Contains 58 short lessons, taking students from basic actions like resizing objects to complex animation.
  • Hackety Hack
    Hackety Hack will teach you the absolute basics of programming from the ground up. No previous programming experience is needed! With Hackety Hack, you'll learn the Ruby programming language. Ruby is used for all kinds of programs, including desktop applications and websites.
  • Lego Mindstorms
  • MIT App Inventor
    Functions with a drag-and-drop interface that emphasizes sequencing.
  • Scratch
    Create stories, games and animations and share with others all over the world!
  • Stencyl
    Free open source software to create simple games.
  • Tynker
    The interface looks similar to Scratch. But while Scratch was designed to program, Tynker was built to teach programming. The app features starter lesson plans, classroom management tools, and an online showcase of student-created programs. Lessons are self-paced and simple for students to follow without assistance.

Coding on the Go

  • Hopscotch
    Free app uses a visual programming language to teach the basics.
  • Kodable
    Free iPad app introducing kid-friendly programming concepts and problem solving.
 

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Science

  • Algodoo
    Download the virtual physics lab for Windows or Mac for free.
  • Chem4Kids
    Includes information on matter, elements, atoms, math and reactions. Grades 4 and up.
  • Exploratorium Hands-on Activities
    Over 500 simple experiments based upon experiences from the museum.
  • How Stuff Works
    "With accessible text, links to source material, and a countdown list format, this site has strong appeal for browsers intrigued by “10 Weird Inventions That Made Millions” or “10 Inventions That Changed the World.”
  • Lawrence Hall of Science
    Science 24/7: games, quizzes and more!
  • PBS Kids Sci Girls
  • Science Bob
    From science fair ideas to simple at-home experiments to research help, Science Bob has thought of everything. The straightforward presentation and tone make the topics accessible and doable.
  • Science Buddies
    Science Buddies focuses on developing resources for students conducting science fair projects. This includes helping students narrow down a scientific area of interest for their science fair project; step by step guide on how to do a science fair project and a free online forum, staffed by volunteer science professionals, where students can get answers to their questions in any area of science.
  • Steve Spangler Science
    Offers a host of science experiments in the Lab section. Search by broad scientific concepts such as 'All About Air' to 'Weather.'
  • Study Jams
    Engaging multimedia lessons focused mainly on the earth sciences -- plant reproduction, the kingdoms of life, photosynthesis -- are presented in ways that appeal to different learning styles. Kids can sing along to lessons, watch videos, and click through slideshows.
  • ZOOMsci
    Hundreds of science experiments and activities with feedback from kids and teachers who have tried them.

Engineering

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
    Play games, build bridges, meet an engineer!
  • Big Learning
    Beyond the obvious math and science learning, engineering brings an understanding of how the world works - how buildings stand up, how machines move, and how people make and use technology. Through hands-on projects, kids gain the confidence and know-how to tackle all kinds of "do-it-yourself" tasks.
  • Engineer Girl
    Created to inspire and inform girls about the world of engineering, this site features interviews with engineers, biographies of pioneering females, and recent developments in the field. Links to scholarships, career paths, and an “Ask an Engineer” page provide opportunities for girls to explore the field.
  • Engineering 4 Kids
    Engineering for Kids Day (E4K) is an annual outreach event hosted by the UC Berkeley engineering community. E4K hosts hundreds of students in grades 4-6 for a FREE one-day science and engineering education event on the UC Berkeley campus.
  • How Stuff Works
    Clear, concise explanations of how things work: mechanical, computers, automotive, and human body. Excellent section on cells and how to set up a web page. Grade 4 and up.
  • Pinterest Engineering Ideas for Kids
  • Project Based Engineering for Kids
    Free instructions for building bridges, rockets and more!
  • Science Kids Engineering
    Discover the world of engineering for kids with our range of free games, cool science fair projects, fun experiments, interesting facts, amazing videos, quizzes, worksheets and more!
  • Science Kids Engineering Facts
    Check out our interesting building facts which feature a range of famous buildings and skyscrapers from around
    the world. Understand what makes these structures special, learn some cool facts and enjoy a range of fun trivia for kids.
  • Think Mech for Kids!
    Games and activities.

Math

  • Cool Math
    Games, puzzles and fun activities to build math skills.
  • Digit Whiz
    DigitWhiz is a foundational math program where kids master skills needed for pre-algebra and beyond using adaptive games.
  • Fun Brain
    Math arcade.
  • Khan Academy
    Covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer
  • Math Forum
    This is primarily an archive of K-12 student mathematical questions answered by a group of students, instructors and mathematicians. The archive is searchable both by a Table of Contents and by keyword. The site also includes problems suitable for students of varying grade levels.
  • Math Games for Kids
    Practice math with games and online flash cards.
  • Math Playground
    Give your brain a workout!
  • Math Quizzes
    Quizzes, trivia, tests, and free online games.
  • Mixing in Math
    Build on math skills in everyday activities.
  • PBS Kids Math Games
    Hundreds of fun games and activities.
  • UMIGO
    UMIGO is a kooky, beautifully designed math and engineering game site that's geared toward younger kids.
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