International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Elements - The Beauty of Chemistry

Activity by David Grayson   |   added on Jul 18, 2011   |   Ireland Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin; School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin; Wellcome Trust

An exhibition that brings together Science and Art, focusing on selected elements from the Periodic Table. It includes an Atomic Kitchen, where visitors can do experiments, and there is a series of associated lab-based workshops specially designed to cater for the younger generation.

This exhibition brings together Science and Art, focusing on selected elements from the Periodic Table. It includes an Atomic Kitchen, where visitors of all ages can stir up some reactions and do experiments, and there is a series of associated lab-based workshops specially designed to cater for the younger generation. The Exhibition runs until September 23rd 2011. It is located in the award-winning Science Gallery http://www.sciencegallery.com/ at Trinity College Dublin, in the heart of Dublin city, and has been developed in collaboration with the Trinity College School of Chemistry http://www.chemistry.tcd.ie/, which celebrates its 300th anniversary this year. The Exhibition will be open Tuesdays-Fridays 12:00-20:00 and Saturdays-Sundays 12:00-18:00. The exhibition is closed on Mondays. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of €5.

In the "Portraits of the Elements" section exhibits include such diverse and thought-provoking items as a diamond made from cremation ashes, a pool of elemental Mercury that evolves stunning patterns when stimulated by an oscillator, and an Antony Gormley sculpture made of Iron.

At the anyone4science Chemistry Workshops, running four times each Friday until the Exhibition closes, participants aged 8-14 years will get to make their own Carbon, remove Oxygen from the air, grow their own salt and find out how much Helium is needed to lift them off the ground.

Members of the public have not been neglected, and are being invited to participate in an exciting "BYO Element" activity, bringing items containing specific elements to contribute to a gigantic "crowd-sourced" three-dimensional Periodic Table.

The performing arts meet Science on 4th August 2011, when Professor Carl Djerassi will visit the Gallery and will address the question of what the Theatre can do for Science, giving a dramatic reading of an excerpt from his play "PHALLACY", with a special focus on the element Copper.

The combination of beautiful and provocative exhibits, hands-on activities for young and old, and engagement of the public in creating their own super-sized Periodic Table all combine to make this flagship Exhibition a worthy IYC event.

After the Exhibition closes in Dubin on September 23rd it will move to the  BergamoScienza festival in Italy, continuing to attract/inspire/educate its visitors about "Elements - The Beauty of Chemistry"

 


Topic: celebrating chemistry, hands-on activities, workshops, demonstrations, art and science Audience: general public, teachers, school children, secondary schools students
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