We have started posting submissions to our New Elements Contest on Twitter @chem13news #NewElementsContest. Here are some of our early entries. Students have until March 31, 2017 to enter and be part of our Periodic Table Project.
Nihonium: For my submission, I chose the element 113, nihonium. Element 113 was discovered in Japan, so they incorporated Nihon in its name, meaning Japan in Japanese. Artistic elements I used in this design are drawn from Japanese aesthetics, such as the Japanese mountainous scenery and architecture, zen garden and wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi is an aesthetic based on the philosophy that embraces the imperfect, such as the broken vase displaying the elemental number, mended with lacquer. The art of mending broken pottery is called kintsugi. The rings of the zen garden in the background symbolize the numerous orbitals of this element.
Moscovium: Mc is the initial letters of a popular game: Minecraft. The game involves the use of building blocks of different materials, which strongly relates to chemistry — as chemistry is the study of elements bonding. The renowned Minecraft sheep also gives a visual effect which makes Mc more memorable. Technique used: markers
Tennessine: I immediately fell towards Tennessine because it sounds almost like Tennessee, which I found intriguing. My design involves the shape of the state of Tennessee. Inside of the shape is a picture of Tennessee's capital, Nashville. Throughout the picture there are dots and a star. The dots represent where the cities are located within Tennessee and the star represents Nashville's location. I chose to include these dots because they reminded me of the Lewis dot diagram. In the bottom left corner I included the element’s Lewis Dot Diagram and its atomic symbol.
Beijing City International School Beijing, China
Artist: Xiwen (Julie) Hu
Teacher: Brandon Yates
Oganesson is the proposed name for the 118th element. It is named after physicist Yuri Oganessian. His main contributions include the discovery of superheavy elements and significant advances in nuclear physics. Thus, I designed a vector graphic of
Dr. Oganessian's portrait in honor of his findings.