Covalent Bonding Game

In the Covalent Bonding game, players bond together atoms to create target molecules with unique bond polarities and molecular shapes.

Covalent Bonding game screenshot

Core levels

Covalent Bonding game - player bonds two Cl atoms to successfully fulfill the octet rule.
Covalent Bonding game - player bonds two Cl atoms to successfully fulfill the octet rule.

To successfully create a molecule, players must satisfy the octet rule when bonding atoms together.

Covalent Bonding game - an HCN molecule is formed with a single bond and a triple bond. O2 is formed with a double bond.

By manipulating the number of shared valence electrons between atoms, players can create single, double, and triple bonds.

Covalent Bonding game - an HCN molecule is formed with a single bond and a triple bond. O2 is formed with a double bond.
Covalent Bonding game - H2 has a non-polar bond, HBr has a semi-polar bond, and HF has a very polar bond.
Covalent Bonding game - H2 has a non-polar bond, HBr has a semi-polar bond, and HF has a very polar bond.

Through observing the location of the shared electrons in the bonds created, players will explore non-polar, semi-polar, and very polar covalent bonds.

Covalent Bonding game - player builds CH2O to match a trigonal planar shape target.

Players will be introduced to VSEPR Theory by building molecules that match the molecular shapes presented in the targets.

Covalent Bonding game - player builds CH2O to match a trigonal planar shape target.

Connected levels

Atoms and Covalent Bonding

In these connected game levels, there are atoms missing from the provided bank. Players must return to the Atoms game to build the missing atoms that they need in order to create the target molecules in the Covalent bonding game.

Player builds and sends a carbon atom to the Covalent Bonding game to create target molecules. Players build atoms in the Atoms game, send these atoms through the pipe, and then bond these atoms to create target molecules in the Covalent Bonding game.

Player uses a low electronegativity atom (helium) and a high electronegativity atom (fluorine) from the Atoms game to form a very polar bond to match the bond polarity of the target. Players must build atoms of a specific electronegativity in the Atoms game to ensure that, once sent through the pipe to the Covalent Bonding game, these atoms can form bonds that match the bond polarity of the targets.

Sandbox

The Covalent Bonding Sandbox is an open-ended and exploratory environment designed for students to freely build molecules using the provided bank of atoms. Complement your instruction by designing your own Sandbox activities and encourage your students to earn the built-in Achievements that focus on a specific topic within Covalent Bonding (i.e. bond polarity, types of bonds, VSPER theory).