Design Challenge: Build a Covalent Atom

The world’s most FAMOUS covalent molecule!

In this Design Challenge: Build a covalent atom we will be exploring the architecture and geometry of water and how its atoms align, bond and are essential to life. Using the kit you have been provided you must solve a problem.

PROBLEM STATEMENT: How can we explain visually what atoms are doing in a water molecule and demonstrate a phase of matter for water for each team?


What you will need.

  • Magnets
  • Parchment paper
  • Metal cookie sheet
  • White glue
  • Two circles of small and larger dimensions
  • Toothpicks
  • Styrofoam or foam balls (two sizes medium and small)
  • Gumdrops


Depending on what phase of matter you have construct two water molecules and create the effect that phase will have on the covalent bonded atoms of water.

  1. Gas
  2. Liquid
  3. Solid

Remember to use the design cycle!

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