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To celebrate the International Year of Chemistry (IYC), Chem 13 News magazine together with the University of Waterloo's Department of Chemistry and the Faculty of Science 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.
|Lanthanides||Return to Period 6|
|Actinides||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. 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.
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.
See the amazing artwork for each elemental tile designed by chemistry students from around the world. The apps include the creative process behind each tile along with basic atomic properties of the element. The apps work to truly highlight the artistic expression of the Periodic Table Project.
The University of Waterloo has helped us mail out complimentary classroom-sized periodic table posters (36" by 27") to all participants, all high schools in Canada and Chem 13 News magazine readers.
If you are interested in a poster, new subscribers to Chem 13 News magazine will receive a complimentary folded poster with their first issue.
For inquiries about purchasing posters, please see the Periodic Table Project poster orders web page.
We have created a label for the winners of the contest for the newly named elements flerovium 114 and livermorium 116 to be added to the Periodic Table Project poster. If you have a poster that requires updating, you can print out the label from this pdf file. Labels will also be handed out at chemical education conferences. The label is added to the poster as shown in this photo with flerovium below lead and livermorium below polonium.
In April 2012, a 25-foot by 18-foot wall mural of the final Periodic Table Project was installed at the Earth Sciences Museum at the University of Waterloo.
We wish to thank 3M Canada for providing the materials and the installation of the wall mural.
Thanks to the Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo for their continued support of Chem 13 News magazine throughout the project. Thanks to Lew Brubacher, Kathy Jackson and John Honek for their help and advice.
Special thanks to Kent Neilsen, 3M Canada, for taking the time to contact his first University of Waterloo co-op student (Jean Hein) for International Year of Chemistry and initiating the relationship between 3M Canada and the University of Waterloo.