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Ways for High School Students to Keep Their Brains Active During the Summer

The summer months offer a great opportunity for Las Vegas high school students to improve their knowledge and boost college readiness. Specifically, online educational resources can help you learn new things and stay competitive for college.

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Educational Smartphone Apps

Screen time doesn’t have to be a distraction from learning. Whether you want to adopt a new language or improve your memory, these free smartphone apps can sharpen your skills and keep you busy before heading back to school.

  • Duolingo is a fun and free way to learn a new language. Complete levels and earn points as the friendly owl Duo guides you on your linguistic journey. 
  • iNaturalist is an online network of citizen scientists and biologists who map and share observations of biodiversity around the world. Contribute to scientific discovery by using the app to record your sightings and share them with fellow naturalists.
  • Libby gives you access to ebooks and audiobooks from your local public library. All you need is your library card number!
  • Lumosity offers a free brain training program that improves your memory and focus through games. Consider it a daily workout for your mind.
  • Tinycards is a fun flashcards app that allows you to create or browse decks in a variety of subjects. Hone your retention capabilities and learn new facts about geography, history, and more. 

Online Learning Courses

From coding to cultural awareness, these online learning resources are perfect to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to prepare for college.

  • Code.org is a nonprofit that expands access to computer science in schools, especially among women and underrepresented youth. Browse their full course catalog or complete projects to make your own digital creations.
  • edX offers free online courses from leading institutions worldwide. Work at your own pace to develop skills and knowledge in a wide range of disciplines. 
  • Google Applied Digital Skills teaches problem-solving for a digital world.
  • Google Arts & Culture allows you to explore cultural institutions and collections from around the world. You can browse artists, media, art movements, historical events, and prominent figures.
  • iCivics games challenge you to navigate the court system, understand the branches of power, and run your own presidential campaign. You’ll learn about the United States government and civic engagement—all while having a great time. 
  • Instructables teaches you how to do anything. It’s an online community of innovators and DIY-ers who have knowledge and expertise to share. Master craft projects, cook a new recipe, or build science experiments.
  • Khan Academy offers free and personalized learning with trusted content created by experts. Explore lessons in math, grammar, science, history, test prep, and more.
  • Open Culture is a vast online repository of free cultural and educational media. You can find audio books, online courses, massive open online courses (MOOCs), movies, textbooks, and language lessons. 
  • PBS Nova Labs are interactive games that teach you more about topics such as climate science, evolution, cybersecurity, RNA, and energy. 
  • Scratch is a free project from the MIT Media Lab that allows you to create your own interactive stories, games, and animations, then share your creations with others in its online community. 
  • TED-Ed offers engaging lessons that cover a wide range of subjects, from the Salem witch trials to how vaccines work. Sign up for their email and discover something new every day!

Summer Learning for Success

No matter where you are this summer, take advantage of free online apps and websites to sharpen your skills and set yourself up for success in the fall. As always, your Fulfillment Fund counselors and advisors are here to help, all year. Reach out if you need assistance!