International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Professor Thomas Manning Ideas Activities
  • Chemistry Prof, Valdosta State University
    Valdosta, GA, USA
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    Tel 1-229-333-7178
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  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
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Dear IYC – this event (March 2010) is a warm up for 2011 and IYC. Perhaps we can use your network to let people know about this competition?

if you/your students like to solve puzzles, this is for you!

1. What: Puzzles based on periodic table will be sent to all competitors and prizes awarded. A competition sponsored/run by students in Cuba and the U.S.

2. When: March, 2010. The link above provides an on-line sign up form.

3. Who: teams from around the world! There are five divisions; middle school, high school, 2 college/university levels and open (open division is anyone from an accountant sitting on the beach in Brazil to a family inside the Artic circle).

4. Where: the whole competition will be conducted via e-mail. You pick your location and we forward a dozen puzzles. Those that do the best – win!

5. How? The web link above provides details on the unique puzzle (rules) and logistics of the competition. (note: this link will be updated very soon – it has some errors).


Cost: free

Do I have to be a chemist? No! but you’ll learn some chemistry!

Who is this aimed at? Mostly students but anyone can enter.

Why do it? Students will compete against teams around the world – students love competition!

Prizes? Yes – they are awarded. But even if your group finished dead-last – they’ll learn quite a bit of chemistry.

Why do this with a class? Lots of reasons – extra credit, substitute for a lab or a lecture, great team activity.

Where can we do this? You pick the spot – just need access to the internet.

Updated announcement will be sent in 2-3 weeks.

Please forward to any interested parties!

Tom Manning

Reference for puzzle: Periodic Puzzles:The Periodic Table, Element Symbols and Pattern Recognition DOI 10.1333/s00897092254a Published 22 December 2009, The Chemical Educator.

Periodic Puzzles ; the Competition - don't be afraid - enter! Collaboration Posted on: Jan 10, 2010    |    1 comment Latest comment by Albert Ahatov Apr 15, 2010 06:43 PM (960 days ago)
Topic: competition Audience: students