Dear IYC – this event (March 2010) is a warm up for 2011 and IYC. Perhaps we can use the IYC network to let people know about this competition? www.valdosta.edu/periodicpuzzles/
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).
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!
Reference for puzzle: Periodic Puzzles:The Periodic Table, Element Symbols and Pattern Recognition DOI 10.1333/s00897092254a Published 22 December 2009, The Chemical Educator.
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