NASA Visualization Explorer
Free.
 “[NASA Viz] is an engaging and visually stunning scientific exploration,” says Cheryl Lykowski, who teaches second grade in Lambertville, Michigan. “NASA adds new articles [and visuals] twice a week, creating the most up-to-date app
a teacher could dream of.”

 

Sands Alive! Starter Set
$25.99.
Build landforms and 3D models with this mostly mess-free sculpting material. “My students were enchanted by the overall feeling of Sands Alive,” says Laura Kim, a K–5 art teacher in Sandy Springs, Georgia. “I loved seeing how easily they were able to mold and form the material.”

Try This: Engineering Class Pack (for 30)
$35.
“I used this kit as a ‘design’ lesson,” says Nancy Carroll, a fourth-grade teacher in Walpole, Massachusetts, who invited kids to puzzle out their Sail Car designs. “Students worked through two recesses because they wanted to!”

Ani-Gram-It To Go
$19.99. 
“In the spring, my class completes animal research projects,” says Alisa Barrett, a first-grade teacher in Rainsboro, Ohio. “As a part of their research process, students would easily be able to use the [pocket-size card game] to learn about the characteristics that make each animal unique.”

Digital Microscope Imager
$79.
To digitize your microscope, swap out the eyepiece for this imager. “The whole class can see through one microscope,” says Laura Lai, a fifth-grade teacher in New York City. “We were able to capture the images and refer back to them.”

 

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