Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab,developed by FatRedCouch, shows children aged 5–9 how much fun science can be. Using this app, students set out on an adventure to an unknown world—a world where Thomas Edison had a secret lab in which he invented a virtual version of himself and a nearly completed robot to guide and inspire future generations of young scientists. The secret lab, Edison’s virtual ego, and his prototype robot remained hidden until Angie, a 12-year-old prodigy, cracked the secret coded message that Edison left behind. The young genius and her science club move into the lab, and the fun begins. Students can explore the lab, play games, learn about Thomas Edison and other inventors, meet the Secret Lab Kids, learn about inventions and discoveries, create holograms, and enjoy videos. The app is available for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire. Cost:Free
Designed to boost interest and proficiency in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), the Samsung Solve for Tomorrowcontest challenges public school teachers and students in grades 6–12 to create solutions using STEAM skills that can be applied to help improve their community. All you have to do now is start thinking of a local or relevant issue that impacts you school. Once the next school year begins, Samsung will remind you to brainstorm a solution with your students for a chance to win a share of $2 million in Samsung technology for your school. Sign up now to receive Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest emails and updates to be the first to know when the contest officially starts.
Those Amazing Professions has launched Those Amazing Engineers, a website to inform young people about careers in engineering through real-life examples of what engineers do and where they work. The website, particularly appropriate for middle school students, can be used with students in upper elementary and high school as well.
The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is dedicated to transformative research and technology in life sciences using team-based strategies to tackle grand societal challenges. One of IGB’s programs is the Art of Science, a celebration of common ground between science and art.