OK, you can accuse us of playing favorites here, but this app is in our lineup not just because it's near and dear to our hearts, but also because it really is a fun and valuable tool for making science come alive for kids. There are easy-to-read articles, fascinating podcasts and video clips from Discovery Channel's engaging shows. All in all, we think this app's definitely got the right stuff for teaching kids about science.
This app is a actually a collection of two- to three-minute videos from Dan Menelly, science education adviser to the Science House organization and NSF Einstein Fellow in CyberInfrastructure.
Launching the app presents you with a notebook-style interface that has a list of simple but compelling projects down the left side. Click on a project, and the video begins playing in an inset on the notebook page. Below the video is more information about the experiment and a list of supplies needed. Users can click the video to bring it to full-screen mode.
Most of the experiments can be conducted with cheap, easy-to-find materials, but if something is difficult to source, the app provides links to online vendors.
The tone of Video Science is definitely geared toward science teachers or parents, so if you're an adult, you can secretly study the videos, then wow youngsters with your ability to make a neon waterfall, recycled paper, a flying sleeping bag, slime or dozens of other projects.