Energy Transfer in Chemical Reactions Science Games

5 games

In this series of games, your students will learn about the release and absorption of energy in reactions. The Energy Transfer in Chemical Reactions learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic performance in your classroom, as demonstrated by research.

Scroll down for a preview of this learning objective’s games and the concepts they drive home.

Concepts Covered

During a chemical reaction, bonds are broken, atoms are rearranged, and new bonds are formed. Breaking bonds and forming new bonds requires energy. These processes transform thermal or light energy into chemical energy, or vice versa.

Endothermic reactions, such as photosynthesis, take in more energy than they release, absorbing it from their surroundings. When the energy is thermal energy, the reaction causes the surrounding temperature to drop. Exothermic reactions, such as combustion, work the opposite way, releasing more energy than they use.

When a reaction absorbs energy, it is stored in the products as chemical energy. The release or absorption of energy in a reaction can have useful applications, such as a cold pack for an injury.

A preview of each game in the learning objective is found below.

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