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To celebrate the International Year of Chemistry (IYC), Chem 13 News together with the University of Waterloo's Department of Chemistry 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. In each of the elements, you can read about who created it, the creative processes involved, and scientific data relevant to the high school curriculum.

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Chem 13 News Periodic Table Project
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1 Hydrogen, 1, University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada   Helium, 2, Department of Education, School Operations, Kivalliq Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada
2 Lithium, 3, Chemistry Department University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Beryllium, 4, FJ Turner High School, Beloit, Wisconsin, U.S.A.   Boron, 5, Bloomingdale High School, Michigan U.S.A. Carbon, 6, Madison County High School, Georgia U.S.A. Nitrogen, 7, Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School, Brampton ON Oxygen, 8, Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School, Baden ON Fluorine, 9, University of Waterloo, Waterloo ON Neon, 10, Bayside Secondary School, Belleville, Ontario, Canada
3 Sodium, 11, Chem Ed 11, Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A. Magnesium, 12, Golden Valley High School, Santa Clarita, California, U.S.A.   Aluminum, 13, Chem 13 News, Waterloo, ON Silicon, 14, Windsor Central High School, New York U.S.A. Phosphorus, 15, Preston High School, Cambridge ON Sulfur, 16, Port Moody Secondary School, Port Moody, British Columbia Chlorine, 17, Durban Girls' College, Durban, South Africa Argon, Ankeny High School, Ankeny, Iowa U.S.A.
4 Potassium, 19, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Calcium, 20, Western Canada High School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Scandium, 21, Scientists in School, Morriston, Ontario, Canada Titanium, 22, Thousand Island High School, Clayton, New York, U.S.A. Vanadium,23, Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia U.S.A. Chromium, 24, Crescent School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Manganese, 25, Crescent School (Summer), Toronto, Ontario, Canada Iron, 26, York Memorial Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Cobalt, 27, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.A. Nickel, 28, Porcupine Plain Composite High School, Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan, Canada Copper, 29, North Little Rock High School, West Campus, Arkansas U.S.A. Zinc, 30, Bolton Central School, Bolton Landing, New York U.S.A. Gallium, 31, Garrison Forest School, Maryland, U.S.A. Germanium, 32, Diamond Jenness Secondary School, Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada Arsenic, 33, Canton High School, Massachussets, U.S.A. Selenium, 34, University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Bromine, 35, Eastview Secondary School, Barrie, Ontario, Canada Krypton, 36, Sackville High School, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada
5 Rubidium, 37, Rosary High School, California, Fullerton, U.S.A. Strontium, 38, Cedarburg High School, Cedarburg, Wisconsin U.S.A. yttrium Zirconium, 40, Washtenaw Christian Academy, Michigan, U.S.A. Niobium, 41, Norwalk School, Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.A. Molybdenum, 42, THEMUSEUM, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada Technetium, 43, Mason High School, Mason, Ohio U.S.A. Ruthenium, 44, Stouffville District Secondary School, Stouffville, Ontario, Canada Rhodium, 45, Vilas School, Vilas, Colorado, U.S.A. Palladium, 46, Timberland High School, Missouri, U.S.A. Silver, 47, Facultad de Quimica UNAM, Ciudad, Mexico Cadmium, 48, Hudsonville High School, Michigan, U.S.A. Indium, 49, Terre Haute South Vigo High School, Indiana U.S.A. Tin, 50, F.H. Collins Secondary School, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada Antimony, 51, Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada Tellurium, 52, Moffat County High School, Colorado U.S.A. Iodine, 53, ChemClub University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Xenon, 54, WC Mepham High School, New York, U.S.A.
6 Cesium, 55, Andover High School, Michigan U.S.A. Barium, 56, Lamar High School, Texas U.S.A.   Hafnium, 72, Ss Cyril & Methodius University, Macedonia Tantalum, 73, Toronto District Christian High School, Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada Tungsten, 74, Waterloo-Wellington Science Engineering Fair, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Rhenium, 75, Steve Westcott's research group, The Wildtoads, at Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada Osmium, 76, The Seven Hills School, Ohio U.S.A. Iridium, 77, Seaway District High School, Iroquois, Ontario, Canada Platinum, 78, Greenwood School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Gold, 79, John Taylor Collegiate, Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada Mercury, 80, Park View Education Centre, Bridgewater Nova Scotia, Canada Thallium, 81, Chemical Education Library, Wisconsin U.S.A. Lead, 82, Boston Latin Academy, Massachusetts U.S.A. Bismuth, 83, William Mercer Academy, Dover, Newfoundland, Canada Polonium, 84, Sharon High School, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Astatine, 85, Rock Canyon High School, Colorado U.S.A. Radon, 86, Carbondale Community High School, Illinois U.S.A.
7 Francium, 87, International Academy of Macomb, Michigan, U.S.A. Radium, 88, Whitehall High School, Michigan U.S.A.   Rutherfordium, 104, LaurenHill Academy, St-Laurent, Quebec Dubnium, 105, Tallinn Pae Gymnasium, Tallinn, Estonia Seaborgium, 106, Quinebaug Valley Community College, Connecticut U.S.A. Bohrium, 107, Greenhills School, Michigan U.S.A. Hassium, 108, East Syracuse-Minoa High School, New York U.S.A. Meitnerium, 109, Farmington High School, Michigan U.S.A. Darmstadtium, 110, Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito, Bogotá, Colombia Roentgenium, 111, Butler County High School, Kentucky, U.S.A. Copernicium, 112, Mattituck High School, Mattituck, Colorado, U.S.A.  
Lanthanides Lanthanum, 57, Middlefield Collegiate Institute, Markham, ON Cerium, 58, Tadeusz Reytan Secondary School, Warsaw, Poland Praseodymium, 59, Colegio Juan de Lanuza, Zaragoza Spain Neodymium, 60, Mason High School, Ohio U.S.A. Promethium, 61, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Samarium, 62, Bishop Smith Catholic High School, Pembroke, Ontario, Canada Europium, 63, ES Infante d. Henrique, Porto, Portugal Gadolinium, 64, Pui Kiu College, NT Hong Kong Terbium, 65, Journal of Chemical Education, Wisconsin U.S.A. Dysprosium, 66, Hazel Park High School, Michigan U.S.A. Holmium, 67, A.R. Scammell Academy, Change Islands Newfoundland, Canada Erbium, 68, Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Thulium, 69, Toronto French School, Toronto Ontario, Canada Ytterbium, 70, Menachem Begin High School, Safed Israel Lutetium, 71, Charlottetown Rural High School, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada Return to Period 6
Actinides Actinium, 89, St. Andrew's College, Aurora, Ontario, Canada Thorium, 90, Arrupe Jesuit High School, Colorado U.S.A. Protactinium, 91, Gymnasium, Jesenice Slovenia Uranium, 92, Port Credit Secondary School, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Neptunium, 93, Dexter High School, Michigan, U.S.A. Plutonium, 94, Sandia Preparatory School, New Mexico U.S.A. Americium, 95, Lehman Catholic High School, Ohio U.S.A. Curium, 96, First-Year Lab University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Berkelium, 97, Green Mountain High School, Colorado, U.S.A. Californium, 98, Head Royce School, California U.S.A. Einsteinium, 99, Port Credit Secondary High School, Mississauga Ontario, Canada Fermium, 100, St.Thomas More Colligiate, Burnaby British Columbia, Canada Mendelevium, 101, Pueblo West High School, Colorado U.S.A. Nobelium, 102, École Évangéline, Wellington, Prince Edward Island, Canada Lawrencium, 103, Buena High School, California, U.S.A. Return to Period 7

Above is a display of a small version of the final project poster. When you click on one of the tiles, you will be taken to a larger image and see who created the tile. Read about the creative process for each tile. Scientific data relevant to the high school curriculum is also listed.

Thank you to all the teachers and students who participated in the collaborative Periodic Table Project. Students from all Canadian provinces and territories, 20 U.S. states and 14 countries researched, created and designed the elemental tiles. We would like to thank 3M Canada, the University of Waterloo, and Chemical Institute of Canada for providing support to the project. 


The winners of the contest for the newly named elements flerovium 114 and livermorium 116 for the Periodic Table Project have been announced on the Chem 13 News website. These tiles were needed because IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) officially approved the name flerovium, with symbol Fl, for the element of atomic number 114 and livermorium, with symbol Lv, for the element of atomic number 116. 

Installation Ceremony

In April 2012, a 25-foot by 18-foot wall mural of the final Periodic Table Project was installed at the Earth Science Museum at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. A photo gallery of the event can be seen on the Chem 13 News website.


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:

  • 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.
  • Science Teachers' Association of Ontario (STAO) conference 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 Chem 13 News website for subscription information.

For inquiries about purchasing posters and "non-folded" flat posters, please see the Periodic Table Project poster orders web page.