High School Physics Teachers’ App Earns Place in Apple Stores Nationwide

By on Sep 9, 2013 at 1:03 am

Highland Park, Illinois – Apple has its eye on Step2Step Physics. With back-to-school time underway, the computer giant is featuring Step2Step Physics – Mechanics on in-store iPads around the country. The app, created by four high school physics teachers, is designed to walk a beginning physics student through classical physics problems, addressing common misconceptions and fixing student errors. It is also one of seven “Applying Physics” apps currently featured on iTunes.

Step2Step Physics has an interesting story. In the spring of 2012, one of the teachers learned that his physics students would receive iPads in the coming school year. Not finding an app that his students needed, he taught himself to program. In August, 2012, he and his fellow teachers released “Step2Step Physics – Mechanics” for iPad, their first app. In the subsequent months the team produced two more iOS apps, an interactive iBook, a popular iTunes U course, a revolutionary new quizzing system, countless web apps for their students, and a company, Nerd Island Studios, LLC.

iPads are changing these teachers’ classrooms in dramatic ways. Step2Step has been a substantial part of this change, with the students using Step2Step scoring higher on certain questions than the students without it. With the app, students can take better responsibility for their own understanding. They “know what to do when they don’t know”, and this makes a huge difference.

“Step2Step Physics – Mechanics” Features:
* 38 question types covering topics in Newtonian mechanics, the first semester of a typical high school or college algebra-based physics course
* Intelligent feedback on each step, tailored to specific incorrect answers
* Multiple user accounts on each device, with progress tracked independently
* Can be used by a single user, or as part of a 1:1 classroom environment

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* Size: 46.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Step2Step Physics – Mechanics 1.5 is currently $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.

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Located in Highland Park, Illinois, Nerd Island Studios, LLC was founded in 2012 by a team of four physics teachers to develop software to help their students learn. Everyone at Nerd Island Studios, LLC is a practicing teacher first and a developer second. Copyright (C) 2012-2013 Nerd Island Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.