Appy Friday: Planets, Wind Tunnels and Graphical Analysis

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by: Logan Chamberlain

"Appy" Friday! Each week, the staff here at FamilyEducation chooses our top five apps that we think deserve to be in the spotlight. They vary week to week, but two things stay the same — they're educational and fun! Check out our top apps of the week, and make sure to watch our video to find out which app is our top pick of the week!

Planets is a free educational app that teaches kids about the solar system.
Planets

On the opposite end of the spectrum, don’t overlook this app because of the plain name. This app is a must-have for children interested in the reaches of outer space. It comes with 2D and 3D maps of space, charts for visibility and different kinds of radiation, and any other visual category you can think of.

Cost: Free
Age: 4+
Platform: iOS and Android

Blue Apprentice teaches kids about science concepts.
Blue Apprentice Elementary Science Game by Galxyz

Don’t let the long title put you off. This game is a gorgeous 3D-animated adventure designed to teach children about science concepts. With multiple game modes and customizable characters, this game will keep your kids engaged for hours as they learn about the scientific world around them.

Cost: Free
Age: 4+
Platform: iOS

Teach kids about graphical analysis with this free app.
Vernier Graphical Analysis

Vernier Graphical Analysis This app is as plain and utilitarian as its name would imply, but sometimes that’s just what you need. Vernier Graphical Analysis is an app in which users can input data lists and generate different kinds of graphs from the data. Once you get used to the input and menu system, this app provides a handy tool for use in math and science classes.

Cost: Free
Age: Rated for 4+, Recommended for 10+
Platform: iOS and Android

Teach kids math concepts with Moose Math
Moose Math by Duck Duck Moose

Last week we featured Park Math by the same company, a math app game for teaching early math skills. Well, wouldn’t you know it, this week we’re featuring the similar Moose Math; the premise and art style are very much the same, but Moose Math offers up a new batch of games for your little ones alongside the chance to build up and design your own town.

Cost: Free
Age: 4+
Platform iOS

Wind tunnel is a free educational app
Wind Tunnel Free

This app is straightforward in concept and design, but a lot of fun to use. The Wind Tunnel Free app is just what it says, a simulated wind tunnel. Users can draw barriers, or insert pre-rendered shapes and see how the wind flow is affected. Different methods of displaying the wind (as particles, as smoke, etc.) make for very fun visuals as well.

Cost: Free
Age: 4+
Platform: iOS and Android