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Tennessine: Final four elemental tiles

elemental tile of tennessine created digitally showing cross-section of a reactor core with Tennessee flag symbol in middle

There were different institutions behind this super-heavy element discovery. In my tile, I tried to honour all of them along with recognizing the contribution of the Tennessee region. I used the logo of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in the elemental symbol (T), the names of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University are shown, and in the background you can see a model cross section of High Flux Isotope Reactor Core. In the center of the core I added the Tennessee state flag symbol, glowing to acknowledge the radioactivity of the element.

Port Credit Secondary School, Mississauga, Ontario

Artist: Suzanne Uraiqat

Teacher: Asha Mistry
 

elemental tile of tennessine digitally created showing Tennessee state with American and Russian flags super-imposed.

The symbol 'Ts' is in front of the shape of Tennessee, the state this new element is named after. Where the 'T' starts is a star marking the location of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory which is where all the research and discoveries occurred. On the top corners are the symbols for berkelium and calcium, the elements scientists fused to create tennessine. Behind Tennessee is the Bohr-Rutherford diagram for tennessine. In the bottom left corner is a weight showing that tennessine is a super-heavy element. Semi-transparently covering the entire tile are the American and Russian flags to show that they worked together on this discovery.

Northern Secondary School, Toronto, Ontario

Artist: Justin Chu

Teacher: Victoria Johnson-Lee
 

elemental tile of tennessine created digitally with oak leaves, radioactive symbol superimposed over Ts Bohr-Rutherford diagram.

I tried to represent this super-heavy & radioactive element in my tile by using the element’s Bohr-Rutherford diagram burned on a piece of oak wood along with the radiation sign in the background. I added some oak leaves as a recognition of the contribution of Vanderbilt University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory working together in the center of the Tennessee region. In the centre of the tile you can find the Tennessee state flag symbol.

Lorne Park Secondary School, Mississauga, Ontario

Artist: Rima Uraiqat

Teacher: Brian Van Alstine
 

elemental tile of tennessine created with watercolor showing words Oak Ridge above Ts symbol in red airplanes on at bottom.

Tennessine, Ts, is the product of a collaboration between scientists at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, USA. Tennessine was first made in 2009 by bombarding berkelium-249 with a beam of calcium-48, resulting in nuclear fusion. The poster is arranged in three visual layers: Tennessine is a halogen in the periodic table and its atomic number is sewn with a red thread. The fusion formula is written over Tennessee and Dubna. The planes symbolize flights back and forth carrying berkelium, since Russian customs refused its entrance twice due to incomplete paperwork.

Senator O’Connor College School, Toronto, Ontario

Artist: Yunong Wu

Teacher: Alicja Koprianiuk
 

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elemental tile of tennessine created digitally showing cross-section of a reactor core with Tennessee flag symbol in middle. Port Credit Secondary School, Mississauga, Ontario.elemental tile of tennessine digitally created showing Tennessee state with American and Russian flags super-imposed. Northern Secondary School, Toronto, Ontario.elemental tile of tennessine created digitally with oak leaves, radioactive symbol superimposed over Ts Bohr-Rutherford diagram. Lorne Park Secondary School, Mississauga, Ontario.elemental tile of tennessine created with watercolor showing words Oak Ridge above Ts symbol in red airplanes on at bottom. Senator O’connor College School, Toronto, Ontario.

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