When you look at the human body, what do you see? Arms, legs, head, torso – but what goes on under the surface? You don’t have to get yourself a cadaver to find out because (unsurprisingly) there’s an app for that!
Augmented reality app Anatomy 4D helps you peel back the layers by printing triggers for the heart and body, which when viewed through the app reveal a virtual 3D model allowing you to turn on and off certain layers of the anatomy so you can see how it all fits together.
The human body is incredible, but in nature there are even more spectacular and surprising sights to see. Bioluminescence is the biochemical emission of light by living organisms. Find out more about the ‘creatures of light’ with an iPad app of the same name. You can learn all about the creatures, their habitats and the science behind what makes them light up, split into five key environments, with pictures, video, words and interactive animations to bring the stories to life.
The surface of the earth is made up of a series of large tectonic plates that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Puzzling Plates is a tablet app that helps you explore how the continents and layers of the earth’s inner core fit together and affect each other.
From the breeze blocks of earth to the building blocks of life now, and app that promises to make chemistry fun – which might be a hard concept to grasp if you’re studying for an exam, but bear with me on this. It really is a very engaging app. The Elements: A Visual Exploration guides you through the basic chemical substances that make up the periodic table with the help of text and spinning 3D graphics. In the app’s own words it delivers “the universal table of everything you can drop on your foot,” and it really is the most entertaining interpretation of this kind of content I have ever seen.
Kids ask some challenging questions. Is time travel possible? Does space go on forever? Why do people grow old? Brainfeed replies with handpicked videos from the web in topics across the spectrum of sciences that should appeal to kids for age 7, to 107. There are over 1250 videos listed so far, fully searchable and all curriculum-based so as well as being incredibly interesting they will help with your child’s education.
You’re never too young to start learning about science and thanks to interactive apps that turn education into a game it can be a lot of fun. Thinkrolls is a great example of this. The app turns your iOS device into a huge maze puzzle that needs to be solved by rolling your cute little avatar around the screen, sliding about crates, popping balloons and munching your way through edible obstacles like cookies and jelly blocks. There are 180 levels in total, but they all tie together seamlessly into one long game that teaches basic physics principles to kids as young as three.