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Chem13 News Periodic Table Design Project

Activity by Jean Hein   |   added on May 19, 2010   |   Canada Official_iyc_logo

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Teachers and educators worldwide can register their students, of any age, for this one-of-a-kind periodic table project combining art and science celebrating IYC. Visit www.chem13news.uwaterloo.ca for submission instructions and how to have your creative interpretation be part of the public art display, poster and website.

Chem13 News Periodic Table has chemistry students from around the world join together to create an original and imaginative version of the periodic table.  Teachers will be the contact and will register their classes for one elemental tile. Teachers at any course level are welcomed to have their classes participate.  Outreach will be through Chem13 News (a magazine designed for chemistry teachers) and its website along with the promotion at Chemical Education conferences. If you are a teacher of chemistry, you are encouraged to have your students get involved in this collaborative project.

 

--- UPDATE Dec 2011 --- The International Year of Chemistry (IYC) is coming to a close. To celebrate, Chem 13 News together with the University of Waterloo Chemistry Department and the Faculty of Science, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada encouraged chemistry educators and enthusiasts worldwide to adopt an element and artistically interpret that element. The project created a Periodic Table as a mosaic of science and art. See here on the right a small version of the final project poster. You can go online to see the project and read about the creative process of each tile @ http://chemistry.uwaterloo.ca/iyc/periodic-table-project

Thank you to all the teachers and students who participated in the collaborative Periodic Table project. Students from all Canadian provinces and territories, 20 US states and 14 countries researched, created and designed the elemental tiles. We would like to thank 3M Canada and the University of Waterloo for providing support to the project. We have more exciting plans for the project beyond the International Year of Chemistry. One goal is to have a large (25’ by 18’) wall mural display of the project on the University of Waterloo campus.  It also looks like we will have a IPad application of the project ready for download in the new year.

 You may be wondering where the final classroom-sized Periodic Table posters (36” by 27”) are displayed. The University of Waterloo has helped us mail out complimentary posters to all participants, all high schools in Canada and Chem 13 News readers. We have been celebrating the project by handing out complimentary Periodic Table posters at conferences during IYC: the 94th Canadian Society for Chemistry in Montreal, Quebec; Chem Ed 2011 in Kalamazoo, Michigan; American Chemical Society High School Day in Denver, Colorado; 61st Canadian Chemical Engineering, London, Ontario and the STAO conference (Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario) in Toronto, Ontario. Thanks to Chem Ed 2011 and STAO for giving us the opportunity to display our large travelling version of the Periodic Table Project.

If you are interested in a poster, new subscribers to Chem 13 News will receive a complimentary folded poster with their first issue. Go to our website www.chem13news.uwaterloo.ca for subscription information.

--- UPDATE Apr 2012 --- This just in!  The Periodic Table Project is now available as free tablet apps.  Search for “Periodic Table Project” in iTunes (iPad) or App World (Playbook).  See the amazing artwork for each elemental tile designed by chemistry students from around the world.  The apps include the creative process behind each tile along with basic atomic properties of the element.  Pictured is the tablet icon and an app screenshot. 

Not only has the project been made into classroom posters and tablet apps, there is now a 25 foot by 18 foot wall mural of the Periodic Table Project on the wall of the Earth Science Museum at University of Waterloo, Waterloo ON Canada.   Pictured are some of the participants in front of the mural who were able to attend the installation ceremony held for project participants, organizers and sponsors on April 10, 2012.  Also pictured are the project sponsors and organizers (3M Canada, Chemical Institute of Canada, Chemistry Department and Science Faculty at University of Waterloo, Waterloo ON Canada).


Topic: hands-on activities, periodic table, art, celebrating chemistry, chemistry education, elements, classroom activity, learning Audience: general public, students, youth, educators, primary schools, high schools, universities, secondary school students

Comments

sharare masoumi | Jun 15, 2010 12:43PM

I AM A CHEMISTRY TEACHER IN IRAN AND MY STUDENTS HAD A ELEMENTAL PEROJECT THROUGH THE EDUCATIONAL YEAR AND THEY HAVE MADE POSTERS ABOUT ELEMENTS AND THEN HAD A CONFERANCE ABOUT IT .I LEARNED MORE THROUGH THEIR CONFERANCE AND THEY HAVE EXCITED WHEN THEY KNOW CHEMISTRY ELEMENTS ROLE IN THEIR HEALTHS AND THEIR LIVES.I THANKS FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL IDEA AND WANT TO SHARE.

Fabienne Meyers | Apr 24, 2012 04:24PM

This has been a great project and a superb legacy for IYC2011, and the app is a very nice outcome. Thank you for sharing and congratulations to everyone involved!

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