The Android computer operating system has only been out since 2008, but as is the case with the iPad, Android science apps are becoming a popular method of teaching children about the ways in which the world around them works. A number of Android science apps will be discussed below. All are free, unless otherwise noted.
- Science Illustrated shows 7th and 8th grade science concepts— illustrated by young students themselves!
- Elements 2.0 gives basic information about every one of the 100+ chemical elements— melting point, atomic structure, physical characteristics, and so on.
- Taber’s Medical Dictionary sounds more advanced than many of the other Android science apps we are discussing, but to many parents it may seem like something that might make their children want to go into medical school! (I will not be surprised if, some time in the future, many doctors cite this as one of their primary reasons for choosing their career.) The app contains thousands of entries and illustrations. The download cost is $49.95.
- New Scientist is a downloadable form of this publication, which can help keep up with the newest trends in the science world.
- AgileSciTools was designed for making calculations involving biology, such as MOI and cell dilution.
- Deluxe Moon gives the phases of the moon and the positions of the Zodiac constellations for any given day. It costs $4.77.
Some Android science apps can be put to practical use. For instance:
- Metal Detector can pick up any metal except aluminum. It may motivate children to enter a police career that involves working with these gadgets.
- Ghost Radar is, strictly speaking, for entertainment only, but for young children, it can clear up their fear of strange noises in the night.
Android science apps that come with tests include:
- Science Quiz is one of those Android science apps that enable students to test their knowledge of science.
- 1001 Science Trivia Lite actually has only 300+ trivia questions.
- Alchemy— Yes, there is an app by this name— though, as we all know, alchemy is a pseudoscience. But it can show children how ancient peoples thought of the world; users try to combine the four classical elements (earth, fire, air, and water) to get all other things that exist.
And Android science apps that can be used to decorate one’s cell phone include Space, Android, Science, Planet, which is full of astronomical icons.
Only a few Android science apps have been covered, but there are many others, and hopefully many more to come. Their existence also goes to show that a small handheld device can be used for much more than just simple amusement.