Spanish YearIdea by Javier Garcia-Martinez | added on Nov 30, 2009 06:56PM Collaboration
In 2007, Spain celebrated its Year of Science honoring Mendeleev in many different ways and choosing the Periodic Table, Mendeleev ‘s iconic legacy. This was an excellent opportunity to raise public awareness and promote science and technology.
The Mendeleev’s Year began formally on 2 February 2007 with the launch of a very special stamp entitled Tabla Periódica de Elementos de Mendeléiev (Mendeleev’s Periodic Table of Elements).
A few months later, the University of Jaén decided to decorate the wall of its Experimental Science Department with a large version of the Periodic Table of this stamp. The large version of the periodic table (3.80 × 2.70 m) is made of beautiful ceramic tiles, and replicates the table featured on the stamp.
The Periodic Table is not only the fixed organization of elements hanging on the chemistry classroom, but a living creature that grows and changes over time. There are literally hundreds of versions of the Periodic Table, each one emphasizing a different aspect of the Periodic Law. So, why not give everyone the opportunity to have his or her own version? With this objective, the First Periodic Table Design Competition was launched in June 2007 to promote science and art, especially among the young. Once again, young people showed they are full of creativity and excitement about chemistry when given the opportunity.
Also, in July 2007, the 1st Summer School on the History of Chemistry Dedicated to Mendeleev was held at the University of La Rioja. In October, the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ, Real Sociedad Española de Química) launched a competition for high school and college students for the best comic about Mendeleev’s life. Twenty-four comics were received from Spain, Mexico, and Argentina from students with ages ranging from 14 to 25 years old.
|Topic:||drawing competition, periodic table, mendeleev, comics, stamp||Audience:||general public, school children|