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The University of Waterloo Chemistry Department hosted the ChemEd 2013 Conference this past summer, the largest international conference focused on high school chemistry. ChemEd 2013 was a real success.  Over 500 chemistry teachers and educators from 12 different countries came to together share their labs, teaching ideas and approaches to high school chemistry. The ChemEd 2013 website is still active. We have uploaded handouts and Powerpoint presentations for many of the ChemEd sessions.  Wondering what a ChemEd looks like? Check out the over 200 conference photos posted online capturing the action of ChemEd sessions and events along with enthusiastic attendees.

The Periodic Table Project has been a great success with the free tablet apps being downloaded over 15 000 times as of March 2013. The Twitter followers and ChemEd 2013 attendees voted for their favourite new tiles for the newly named elements flerovium (Fl) and livermorium (Lv). The voters have spoken; the winning tiles have been decided and can be seen on the Chem 13 News website. The new elements have been added to the electronic apps for iPod, iPad and Playbook. The app has also been optimized for the iPhone 5’s larger screen.