Nihonium was discovered in Japan. It is the first element to be discovered in Asia. To showcase this, we made our tile the Japanese flag. Since the name of nihonium translates to "land of the rising sun" in English, we made the red circle of the flag a sunrise. Along with this we added a radioactive sign to the top left of the tile. This is because nihonium is highly radioactive. Finally, we added cherry blossom trees to the bottom of our tile to represent more of the Japanese culture
Our New Elements Contest received over 200 submissions from over 40 schools. After careful consideration, our University of Waterloo New Elements Team selected the TOP TEN submissions for each element. We asked our stakeholders to vote for the FINAL FOUR for each.
Our New Elements Contest team selected the TOP TEN. Six tiles for each element are shown below with the other four tiles becoming the FINAL FOUR. These were selected by our stakeholder judges. The FINAL FOUR and their descriptions are shown on the next four pages.
Element 113 was discovered in Japan, so I incorporated Nihon in its name, meaning Japan in Japanese. Artistic elements in this design are drawn from Japanese aesthetics, such as the Japanese mountainous scenery and architecture, zen garden and wabi-sabi.
Oganesson was discovered in October of 2006 and was a scientiﬁc collaboration between Russian and American scientists. On this tile, this joint effort is depicted by the two shaking hands, with each country’s ﬂag on the lab coat sleeve.
ANDROID UPDATE: Have your students download the University of Waterloo Periodic Table Project app for free — now available as an Android app at Google Play and Amazon online stores. Simply search for Periodic Table Project.
To celebrate the International Year of Chemistry, Chem 13 News 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.
This September, go to iTunes and download the iPod version of the Periodic Table Project for free. You will also find the tablet apps (iPad and Playbook) which have been available for free since April 2012. Search for “Periodic Table Project”.
IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) has officially approved the name flerovium, with symbol Fl, for the element of atomic number 114 and the name livermorium, with symbol Lv, for the element of atomic number 116.
In 2011, we invited Chem 13 News’ readers to have their students artistically express an element on a 6” x 6” tile for the Periodic Table Project, to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry. If you did not have a chance to participate, here is your opportunity.