Our top 10 science apps for iPad and iPhone

We love tapping and swiping our way through new apps, so we've picked out our best science apps for iOS for you to use on your iPad or iPhone.

19th June 2017
Mammals © Tinybop

Collins Bird Guide

Collins Bird Guide © NatureGuides
© NatureGuides

NatureGuides, £14.99

The ultimate companion for any serious birder, this digital version of Collins’ bird bible covers over 700 European species, with 3,500+ illustrations helping you to tell your ruddy shelduck from your red-crested pochard. Once you’ve identified the bird, learn about its habitat and range, and record your sighting using the listing tool. Bill Oddie, eat your heart out.


Mammals © Tinybop
© Tinybop

Tinybop, £2.99

The latest addition to Tinybop’s Explorer’s Library is an endearing introduction to the world of mammals. See how kangaroos care for their young, how bats use echolocation, and how tigers sense with their whiskers. Find out what makes a mammal a mammal, explore their muscles, bones and digestive systems, and look through their eyes to discover how our furry friends see the world.




For anyone who’s ever wanted to learn to draw, this app provides a clever way. SketchAR lets you choose an image and then hold your phone or tablet over a blank piece of paper to see that image appear on-screen. You can then simply trace what you see, replicating the image line by line to create something that even Picasso would be proud of.


Bloom © Megalearn
© Megalearn

Megalearn, £4.99

This educational app from Swedish startup Megalearn is a beautiful introduction to the world of plants. It aims to teach kids how plants spread their seeds, via quizzes and elegant, interactive animations. There are three featured plants – coconuts, dandelions and raspberries – giving plenty of opportunity to explore different environments and discover nature's diverse techniques for dispersing seeds.


Socratic © Vespr
© Vespr

Vespr, free

If only this app existed when we were at school. Take a photo of your homework, and Socratic will instantly give you explanations, videos, and step-by-step help. It uses AI algorithms, trained using millions of sample homework questions, to figure out what concepts you need to know and flag up jargon-free content.

Weather Line

Weather Line © Off Coast
© Off Coast

Off Coast, £2.29

Powered by the super-accurate Dark Sky forecasts, this app takes a shedload of weather data and condenses it into elegant line graphs. Forecasts for the hours, days and weeks ahead help you plan your activities and travel, and there’s also a handy lock screen widget so that you can check the latest developments without even having to unlock your phone.


Space © Tinybop
© Tinybop

Tinybop, £2.29

A year after Tim Peake's stay aboard the ISS, this app could inspire the next British astronaut. The latest addition to Tinybop’s Explorer’s Library series, it's a beautiful introduction to our Solar System. Kids can visit each planet, spin Saturn’s rings, experience Venus’s wild weather, and throw a grand piano into Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.

Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens

Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens © Avokiddo
© Avokiddo

Avokiddo, £2.99

Tear through a land of treacherous castles in this follow-up to the award-winning Thinkrolls 2. There are 228 puzzles for ages 5+, designed to sharpen their problem-solving skills, exercise their memory and introduce them to forces and basic mechanics. Ghosts, dragons and physics… what’s not to like?

Attenborough’s Story of Life

Attenborough’s Story of Life © BBC Worldwide
© BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide, free

To celebrate the great broadcaster’s 90th birthday, this app brings together over 1000 (count ‘em!) of Sir David Attenborough’s finest TV moments. There are highlights from more than 40 programmes, including Planet Earth, Blue Planet, and Africa, as well as curated collections of films and hidden extras recorded especially for the app.


Virry © Fountain Digital Labs
© Fountain Digital Labs

Fountain Digital Labs, free to download

Virry is the closest you’ll get to visiting the zoo without leaving your own home. Developed to help young naturalists connect with the animal world, the app features interactive videos, allowing them to dance with flamingos, feed a lion, and amuse meerkats. There are even nine live cams, streaming from wildlife parks around the world.

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