Six of the best... Windows Phone apps for science education

Six of the best... Windows Phone apps for science education

A guide to some great free STEM resources for Windows Phones

Pleanet Science has featured apps for Apple and Android devices before, and now that Windows Phone is coming of age we feel it's time to highlight some of the resources for teachers and students that are on offer.

We've picked out what we think are six of the best Windows Phone apps for use at home and at school for maths, physics, biology, chemistry and for fun.

The best thing of all? All these apps are free!

1. NASA "Be a Martian"

Drawing on observations from NASA's Mars missions, the "Be a Martian" application enables the public to participate as citizen scientists to assist Mars science teams studying data about the Red Planet, as well as learn about the planet in general.

Features include Mars videos, images, interactive maps, a question and answer forum, and participation tasks including rover imaging tagging and crater counting.

NASA Be a martian


2. National Zoo

Here is an app for zoologists and animal lovers. The National Zoo app has pictures, events, and LIVE streaming web cams of the animals at the National Zoo in Washington D.C., USA.

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3. Periodical

This is a good reference app for chemistry students. You can browse the periodic table in portrait or landscape mode and flick through a custom sorted list of all the elements. Colour keys help identify element types and there are information pages about each element.

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4. Scientific Calculator

A great app for maths and science students in Key Stage 3 and above, with scientific and programmer modes for more advanced users.

Scientific Calculator


5. 3D Brain

This tool is handy for biology lessons and for budding Frankensteins...

The 3D Brain app consists of 24 interactive structures that can be rotated in 3D space. Each structure contains information on associated functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to research.

3D Brain


6. LightningDist

A fun app to finish, for when it's tipping it down outside and bolts of lightning are sending golf players running for cover!

Simply tap when you see the flash, then tap again when you hear thunder.  LightningDist uses the difference between the speed of sound and the speed of light to calculate how far away the lightning is.

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