Ions Game

In the Ions game, players form stable ions by attempting to add or remove electrons from any energy level while monitoring ionization energies to create target cations and anions.

Ions game screenshot

Core levels

Ions game - player removes an electrons from an outer orbital to fulfill the octet rule and create a sodium ion.
Ions game - player removes an electrons from an outer orbital to fulfill the octet rule and create a sodium ion.

Players must add or remove the correct number of electrons from an atom to create an ion that satisfies the octet rule.

Ions game - units required to remove and electron each from a lithium ion, a sodium ion, and a potassium ion.

By exploring the energy required or released when adding and removing electrons, players are introduced to the trend of ionization energy and electron affinity.

Ions game - unit required to remove and electron for a lithium ion, a sodium ion, and a potassium ion.
Ions game - a sodium cation is smaller than its parent atom and an oxygen anion is bigger than its parent atom.
Ions game - a sodium cation is smaller than its parent atom and an oxygen anion is bigger than its parent atom.

Players can observe the change in size between ions and their parent atoms, prompting the exploration of ionic radii.

Connected levels

Atoms and Ions

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

Player sends an oxygen atom from the Atoms game to Ions and removes the outer electrons to form the target ion.

Players must build atoms in the Atoms game that have the correct number of valence electrons needed to form the target ions. Once built, players can send these atoms through the pipe to ionize in the Ions game.

Player builds a Li and a K atom in the Atoms game and decides which one to send to the Ions game to try to ionize with limited energy.

To review ionization energy, players must build atoms that ionize in the Ions game with the limited amount of energy provided.

Sandbox

The Ions Sandbox is an open-ended and exploratory environment designed for students to freely build ions 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 Ions (i.e. ion formation, ionic radii, ionization energy).