Habitactics is an iOS app from Touch Press that introduces students to wild animal and science facts as they solve Match-3–style puzzles. Students travel the world to explore different environments, including the deserts of the Sahara, the rainforests of South America, and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. To solve the puzzles, students must control predators, prey, and even fungi, while learning how different species affect one another and the success of the ecosystem. Students will gain a better understanding of the food chain, the dynamism of animal populations, and ways other changes to the environment affect animal populations. Costs:Free, with optional in-app purchases
In smaller rural schools, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education can face troublesome barriers. In our K–12 district of 730 students, we have many of the common obstacles, including limited funds, no extra faculty, and an already overloaded class schedule. These three join arms to block us from using any of the really cool programs we’d like to. Other institutions sing praises of cutting-edge programs and share their successes. Meanwhile, rural schools are trying to figure out how to educate equally deserving kids in STEM.
Each fall at MIT, nearly 300 young female mathematicians in grade 11 or below compete in Advantage Testing Foundation’schallenging test of mathematical creativity and insight. The goal is to promote gender equity in the STEM professions and to encourage young women with exceptional potential to become mathematical and scientific leaders.
Developed by PlayMada Games, Collisions helps high school students visualize and interact with chemistry concepts through engaging and challenging digital games that integrate with the chemistry curriculum.