Top Pick

Best Engineering Tools

Tech and engineering skills are becoming increasingly important for school, life, and work. Get your kids ready with these fun, intuitive, intros to the basics, platforms for creation, and hubs of recipes and plans for inspiration.

1.
MinecraftEdu Publisher: TeacherGaming LLC
Teacher dashboard and genius tutorial help this sandbox gem sparkle
Grades Grades 1-12
Type Game
Price $41.00
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
2.
Design Squad Nation URL: http://pbskids.org/designsquad
Classmates can compete to solve fun engineering problems
Grades Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
3.
Minecraft - Pocket Edition Publisher: Mojang
World-building, resource-gathering game almost as good as PC version
Grades Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
4.
DIY URL: www.diy.org
Design, build, and share new things offline and online
Grades Grades 3-10
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
5.
Minecraft Publisher: Mojang
Spiraling sandbox of adventure and creation gets kids to dig deep
Grades Grades 3-12
Type Game
Price 21.00
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows, Xbox 360
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
6.
Amazing Alex Publisher: Rovio Entertainment Ltd
Cobbling crazy contraptions together great for aspiring inventors
Grades Grades 4-8
Type App
Price $.99 - $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
7.
Algodoo Publisher: Algoryx
Sandbox tool enables engaged, conceptual physics inquiry.
Grades Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
8.
Backyard Engineers Publisher: Filament Games
Accessible introduction to engineering could use more depth
Grades Grades 6-9
Type Game
Price $1.34 personal license; $12.00 classroom license
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
9.
TinkerBox Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Fantastic physics puzzler puts a virtual maker faire in kids' hands
Grades Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
10.
Coaster Crafter URL: https://games.ciconline.org/coastercrafter/
Cleverly draws on love of coasters to teach velocity, force, motion
Grades Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
11.
Garry's Mod Publisher: Valve
Complex physics sandbox is rich but daunting
Grades Grades 8-12
Type Game
Price $9.99
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
12.
Make: Online URL: http://makezine.com/
Fuel creative makers with project ideas, reviews, and community
Grades Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
13.
HowStuffWorks for iPad
Explore the world's nuts and bolts in this fab interactive info hub
Grades Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
14.
Kerbal Space Program Publisher: Squad
Design and launch a rocket into space in realistic astrophysics sim
Grades Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price $22.99, free demo
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated