In this drag-and-drop laboratory, combine elements from the periodic table to create chemical reactions and discover the chemistry in the world around you.
There are several ways to use goREACT. One of the most straightforward is to click on the symbol of an element, which brings up a brief description of the properties and uses for the element. Another use is to drag various elements into the "Reaction Area" to see if they will combine to make a compound. If a compound is formed, you will see an image of the compound plus a brief message explaining the compound's uses. For some of the compounds you create, you will see a brief video and explanation for that compound.
On the left margin a tab lists "Featured Reactions" with categories such as "It's Personal" (personal hygiene products) and "Vrooom" (car products).
There is also a set of four buttons that can change how the periodic table is displayed, showing Standard, Atomic, Ionic, and Lewis Dot.
This app can be used to allow students to experiment putting together different chemical compounds without the possibility of causing chemical accidents in a school lab. It's not recommended that it be used to replace actual lab experiments, but it could be used as a supplement to any lab work you may be doing with your students. It could be used before you go into the lab to help make your students familiar with the compounds they may create.
You should be aware that in the "Featured Reactions" section, the app does talk about some toxic compounds, like Carbon tetrachloride that was once used in fire extinguishers. But the app does make it clear that this compound is no longer used in fire extinguishers.
You can extend the learning from this app by using the related Science NetLinks resources listed below.
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