Top 5 STEM Apps Grades 6-8

hopscotch

About the App
Hopscotch is a fun and interactive introduction to the basics of coding. With a little creativity and imagination, the possibilities are endless. You can even publish your games within the app for others to play and enjoy. 

Why We Love This App
Who knew learning to code could be so fun? The purpose of us downloading Hopscotch was strictly to review the app, but we must admit that we may have been caught sneaking in extra screen time to build games with our new coding skills. We love that this app is so hands-on and the tutorial overlays throughout are super useful. Warning for parents: You may want to download Hopscotch for yourself!

Age Recommendation
10+

Cost
$7.99 per month

Download
Apple Store

simple physics

About the App
With SimplePhysics, budding engineers and architects get to try their hand at building anything from treehouses to ferris wheels. Create designs with the blueprint editor or start from scratch. But, there’s one catch—the building materials have a “cost” associated with them. So, not only do you have to build the best structure, but it needs to come in under budget.

Why We Love This App
We love this app because, in the real world, we know everything isn’t black and white. There are various ways to look at something to come to a solution. In STEM careers, a popular approach to problem-solving is through design thinking—a solution-based approach to creatively resolve issues by understanding people’s needs and developing effective solutions to meet those needs. With SimplePhysics, your kids will get an early taste for design thinking every time they play.

Age Recommendation
9+

Cost
$0.99

Download
Apple Store / Google Play

minecraft

About the App
Let your mind run wild! Unleash your creativity by building your world with 3D blocks in Minecraft.  Invite your friends to play online in your world and explore every nook and cranny. The great thing is there isn’t one single way to play. It’s your game, your world and YOU make the rules.

Why We Love This App
There’s a reason why this is the second bestselling video game of all time. Minecraft does an excellent job in bringing out the creativity in everyone. We love how you can get engrossed in this game and completely lose track of time. Your brain will get a great workout by drawing up critical-thinking skills, problem-solving strategies and more.

Age Recommendation
9+

Cost
$6.99

Download
Apple Store / Google Play

dragonbox

About the App
DragonBox Algebra 12+ is an incredibly fun, fast and easy way to learn and practice algebra skills. This self-paced game allows you to advance through “chapters” that build upon skills such as positive and negative signs, factorizations, parentheses, substitution and other math fundamentals.

Why We Love This App
Let’s face it—algebra can be tough, but with DragonBox Algebra 12+ it just got a little easier! We love that this app was carefully created and based on methods that focus on discovery and experimentation, instead of the typical drills and flashcards that kids see at school.

Age Recommendation
12+

Cost
$7.99

Download
Apple Store / Google Play

nasa visualization

About the App
See the world through the eyes of NASA scientists. Learn about NASA’s ice, cloud and land elevation satellite named Mars. Users also learn about its magnetic tail, what causes the bright spots on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres and more. 

Why We Love This App
We love this app because it feels like you’re getting a VIP, behind-the-scenes view of what NASA is working on right now! Kids will love this app because it engages them. Extraordinary visuals, access to real data and cutting-edge concepts presented in a story format make NASA Visualization Explorer irresistible.

Age Recommendation
9+

Cost
Free

Download
Apple Store / Google Play