Periodic Table Project

Periodic Table Project poster - Click to access the interactive, accessible PDF.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. Click the image above to access the interactive PDF (accessible) version of the poster.

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.

Mobile apps

​​a screenshot of Periodic Table Project app showing 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. 

Download the free applications for Apple, Blackberry or Android devices!


the University of Waterloo Periodic Table Project poster

We created a classroom-sized periodic table poster (36" by 27"), which we mailed out free to all participants, all high schools in Canada and Chem 13 News magazine readers. Our thanks goes to the University of Waterloo for making this mass mailout possible.

2013 flerovium (Fl) and livermorium (Lv) contest

FleroviumLivermoriumThe Periodic Table is a living model so it came as no surprise more elements were being added. So we ran an additional contest for the two latest elements, flerovium (Fl) and livermorium (Lv); read more about the winning tiles for the newly named elements flerovium (Fl) and livermorium (Lv)

2017 New elements contest: nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts) and oganesson (Og)

New element contest winner tiles.Chem 13 News magazine ran a contest to design tiles for the four newly named elements, nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts) and oganesson (Og). Our New Elements Contest received over 200 submissions from over 40 schools.  See the new elements contest page to see the winners.  

Wall Mural

Periodic Table Project wall muralIn 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.

Interactive online and PDF versions of the Periodic Table Project

In addition to the mobile app, we also offer an interactive PDF (accessible) and this online version of the Periodic Table Project with background information on who created each tile, its creative process and scientific data relevant to the high school curriculum.

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. Nihonium 113 symbol with sun and flowers Flerovium tile Moscovium 115 symbol with russian building and colourful circles Livermorium tile Tennessine 177 symbol with diagram of molecules and metal paper clips Oganesson 118 symbol with glasses, white hair and radioactive symbol on white blue and red background
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

Project Contributors

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.

Thanks to all the project sponsors:  3M Canada (London, Ontario), Office of Research, University of Waterloo, and Chemical Institute of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario).

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.