PLEASE NOTE: This app requires a MERGE Cube and a smartphone or a tablet to experience. Find out how to get a MERGE Cube to learn more at:

Engage your students in active, hands-on learning with a MERGE Cube and the MERGE Explorer app!

With interactive experiences for elementary through middle school, MERGE Explorer lets students investigate a smoking volcano, examine a great white shark, and hold the earth in the palm of their hands. They can even dissect a frog (humanely)!

Using innovative virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) technology, and aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), students will learn about topics such as earth science, life cycles and traits, ocean animals, space systems, structure and properties of matter, energy, waves, light, sound and more.

Early studies have shown that using AR/VR with your students will improve academic achievement, academic growth and digital literacy, and will prepare them for jobs of the future. MERGE Cube and the Explorer app is changing the way students learn and teachers teach. Explore AR/VR with your classes today with MERGE Explorer!

More Details:
•This is the “early release” version of MERGE Explorer
•Content will be added regularly in all STEM categories (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).
•Currently aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with other state standards to be added in the future.
•Activity plans are currently being written by educators that you can use in your classroom.
•Teacher controls and dashboard coming soon.


We offer two auto-renewing subscription options:
MERGE Explorer annual subscription: $99.99 (only $8.25/month!)
MERGE Explorer monthly subscription: $19.99

Payment will be charged to your Apple ID account at the confirmation of purchase. Your MERGE Explorer subscription will automatically renew within 24 hours before the end of the current period at the price of the chosen subscription and your credit card will be charged through your Apple ID account. Refunds will not be provided for the unused portion of the term. You can cancel your subscription (i.e. turn off automatic renewal) in the Account Settings section of your App Store or iTunes settings after you have made the purchase.

If you have any questions or suggestions, we want to hear from you! Contact us at any time at

We're virtual and augmented reality specialists that push the boundaries of imagination, merging the physical and digital worlds to build educational experiences that prepare every student to be future scientists, doctors, engineers, artists and creators. Learn more at

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What’s New

Version 1.4.1

Bug fixes and improvements.

Our team is aware of a persisting ios14 related issue with stamping and placing and are currently investigating.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Skline1 ,

Not there yet for remote teaching.

I just downloaded the latest update hoping they fixed a few of the things I think would improve the app. I’m a STEM teacher teaching elementary school students on an iPhone 11 Pro Max and the app still has trouble recognizing the cube in good light from 2 feet. My biggest issue is that I would like a way to share the experience with my students who are stuck at home with the rest of the country. There is no way to record this experience without an additional device. I tried screen recording but it only records the cube not the overlay. Also, when you turn the device to horizontal on some sections like the water cycle the words appear sideways. On the same section when you advance using next, “evaporation” appears but on the next advance all three appear instead of one at a time. Evaporation is not visible on the home screen of the water section only the other three. It would be an awesome tool if the developers took into account the fact that most of us using this right now have no one to share it with. At least, let us record the screen. Thanks for your consideration.

Developer Response ,

We’re sorry you haven’t had the best experience, but would love to help you get started teaching remotely with Merge Explorer! Please contact us at so that we can help troubleshoot some of the issues you’re experiencing, and provide you with helpful links to remote teaching tutorials. We’ve seen a lot of amazing educators like yourself who are having great success using Merge EDU for remote learning, and we’d love the opportunity to help in any way we can. Hope to hear from you soon!
Best, Merge

Irishdancer515 ,

Challenging to use during distance learning

I really wanted to love this app. It makes my phone really hot while it’s running. Most of the time the screen freezes, it’s very hard to share with the kids at home, and the whole app will often crash. I did record my screen while showing the cube, but it doesn’t record your voice showing it so it’s a silent video. Not ideal for second graders. Of course your free trial is attached to an automatic subscription that I’m now stuck with for another month. What a waste of $10. Content is awesome if it would be more user friendly and work without crashing.

Developer Response ,

Hello! We're sorry you're not having the best experience with Merge Explorer, but we would love to share some of our Remote Learning Resources with you. A good place to get started is - or contacting us through our website. iOS devices can record both video and mic audio through the device, and can be linked up directly to a computer to share during video calls. We’d be happy to show you how. For technical issues, please contact us at so we can help solve this issue. And, you do not need the 7-day trial to test out the content - during this time of remote learning, we’ve been unlocking a lot of content for free, and will continue unlocking more content weekly through summer. Just press “skip” on the screen to see what we have made available for free. Best, Merge

C0r192 ,

Great for Remote Learning!

There are a lot of free activities open even without the free trial, which I was able to share with my students by connecting my phone to my PC and sharing the screen through Zoom or uploading a video recording through Seesaw (I had to Google how to record my iPhone screen with audio, but it works great). Several of my students had compatible devices at home that worked really well with the paper cube printout - I just had to instruct them to ‘SKIP’ the free trial and go straight to the free content. So far the anatomy activity “Mr. Body” and the ecosystems activity “The Food Web” have been big hits!

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1.4 GB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (9.7‑inch), iPad Pro (9.7‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (10.5‑inch), iPad Pro (10.5‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad (6th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (11‑inch), iPad Pro (11‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (3rd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (3rd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad mini (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (7th generation), iPad (7th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (11‑inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (11‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (4th generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (4th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (4th generation), iPad Air (4th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (8th generation), iPad (8th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPod touch (6th generation), and iPod touch (7th generation).



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  1. Monthly Subscription $9.99
  2. Annual Subscription $99.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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