Would you like to empower students to create quality digital STEM projects via their mobile devices? Then this article is for you. Take a look at the following free apps that students can use to explore, critique, and convey various science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts.
One great way to get students energized about their coursework is by allowing them to explore topics that they’re passionate about. This app allows you as a teacher to empower students by giving them a broad selection of STEM projects to choose from. According to the DIY (short for “do it yourself”) app, students can “Learn any skill. Try thousands of projects. Never be bored again!” This app has a little of everything, really. Whether your students are interested in baking or entomology, there’s something for them in this app. Engage students and encourage self-directed learning with this fun free app.
This free app also has a DIY feel to it, similar to the DIY app. Check them both out first, and see which you prefer more. One thing that sets the Instructables App apart from the DIY app is the ability to submit your classroom projects and compete for prizes. You’d be surprised how motivating a little competition is for many students. This is also a great way to support your classroom’s STEM projects, as you may win additional materials or funding via the free app’s contests.
The final app on our list today focuses more on creating your own DIY guides. This can be a valuable tool for you as a teacher when helping your students through a project specific to your classroom. Use photos, videos, or audio clips to walk your students step by step through your project or lesson plan. One caveat with this app, it is only available on iOS (at the time of this blog post), which means you do need an iOS device in order to create a Snapguide. However, once you create your guide your students can play the guide back on any type of device.
We learned about these amazing tools for STEM projects via Naomi Harm’s SimpleK12 presentation, 15 Free Mobile Apps for STEM. Take a look at the full webinar for even more apps and ideas.