Photo Stuff with Ruffgets children exploring their surroundings, finding out what the objects in their world are made of, and learning STEAM skills, such as those related to materials science. The app is based on The Ruff Ruffman Show from PBS KIDS, which models science inquiry skills. In the app, children choose one of 40 scenes in which they can contribute textures to certain areas of the picture (80 or so texture opportunities in total). After they have chosen a scene, children tap the yellow camera icon wherever it shows up to choose a material property to search for, such as fluffy, sharp, bumpy, squishy, loud, cool, long. Then, using the camera on their device, they take a picture of the chosen texture, property, or material, which then fills in the area in the scene. This action creates a custom scene with textures from children’s own environment, combining Ruff’s cartoon world with the real world. Children can retap the spot to retake the picture if they are unhappy with the initial result. Ruff helps children go through the app with voiced instructions (captions can be turned on or off). The app is available for iOS, Android, and Kindle devices. Cost: Free app
Since 1983 the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) have been recognizing excellent educators spanning all corners of the countryâfrom one-room schoolhouses in rural Montana to large school systems in the heart of New York City.
Steven Wang got into the tech field about seven years ago—as a pre-adolescent. Now, at 17, he has a concrete vision for how he wants to use technology to transform the learning experiences of students all over the world. He is CEO and cofounder of a startup company called Realism that offers virtual labs in physics, chemistry, and biology.
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