Brianne Gidcumb | July 2015

5 Free Apps for the STEAM Classroom

We here at EdCloset know how much teachers love FREE resources.

So today, we’re sharing a few STEAM resources for the classroom. Below we have listed five free iPad apps that can be used to integrate the arts and design into STEAM. We hope that these might help you generate some ideas in how to make STEAM integration work for you and your students!

NGA Kids:

The National Gallery of Art’s learning app for kids includes eight interactive activities inspired by the museum’s collection. Each activity provides various levels of complexity. Students can also create, save, and display artwork in a virtual exhibition. The app also allows students to visit a virtual museum with works by a wide range of artists.

Sound Uncovered:

This app features articles, videos, sounds, and experiments. Incredibly interactive in nature, students will be engaged in challenges, questioning, and experiments, organized by chapter, that also provide some great fundamental information about how sound and science intersect.


Students create digital works of art with this app. Using a digital palette of tools, including brushes, pencils, and even a smudging tool, students can explore elements of creating pastel art in a digital medium.


This physics-based engineering app not only teaches science concepts, but allows students to engage in problem-solving challenges in “Puzzles” mode. In “Invent” mode, students can create and share their own mechanical inventions.

MoMA Art Lab:

Developed by the Museum of Modern Art, this app allows children to create and save their own artwork, explore elements of shape, line, and color, and engage in activities inspired by works of art. Students can create a sound composition, draw from instructions, create a mobile, make a shape poem, and more. Additionally, they can learn about MoMA artists.

Looking for more STEAM resources or free learning apps for kids? Check out our article, Top STEAM apps of 2013 for Integration, on our STEAM Portal!

Want to learn more about how to integrate arts standards within STEM content areas to build a STEAM approach? Check out our Designed to STEAM self-paced, online class and receive 10 PD hours.

What are your favorite apps for the STEAM classroom?

About the Author

Brianne is a former music educator from Chicago and current graduate class instructor with EdCloset’s Learning Studios. She earned her Masters degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music and has over a decade of experience in the elementary general music classroom. With her experience in the performing arts, Brianne is dedicated to building connections between the arts and Common Core Standards, 21st century learning skills, inquiry and project-based learning. In addition to her work with EducationCloset, Brianne is a yoga instructor in the Chicagoland area. You can also find Brianne here: