St. Thomas More Collegiate, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Fermium: An element both radioactive and toxic, it was named after noble laureate Enrico Fermi. Fermi, architect of the nuclear age, is depicted drawing over top of the University of Chicago, where he eventually created the first nuclear fission chain reaction (1942.) The colors of the atomic number display the Italian flag, which is connected to Fermi’s Italian heritage. Also, both the mushroom cloud in the background and picture of the Enola Gay aircraft signify the first atomic bomb, which constituted the discovery site of fermium. Finally, fermium has contributed nuclear energy to society, as represented by the nuclear reactors.
Original artwork completed by Gabriela de Sousa. Teacher: Chris Toth, Saint Thomas More Collegiate, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
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* Haynes, W. M. (2011). CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 91st edition: http://www.hbcponline.com/ Retrieved April 7, 2011
** Winter, M. (2010). Home of the Periodic Table. Retrieved April 8, 2011, from Web Elements: http://www.webelements.com/