This year the Periodic Table is celebrating its 150th anniversary. The Periodic System was first formulated in 1869 by Dmitri Mendeleev a Russian Chemist and inventor. Over the years it has grown and evolved as new elements have been discovered, and although an icon to many, its design is often a source of much debate. The periodic table is a common language for all science, capturing not just the essence of chemistry, but also physics, medicine and biology.
To celebrate its anniversary, the School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast are hosting a range of interactive demonstrations in the Ulster Museum for children (& adults who want to engage their inner child). Kids will have the opportunity to take part in the hands-on chemistry experiments and quiz our STEM Ambassadors about the experiments.
The live demonstrations include:
- Make your own ‘Bouncing Polymer Ball’!
- ‘Luminescence’– the Chemistry of Glow Sticks!
- Generate Light from a ‘Lemon Battery’!
- Power from Water – The Magic of ‘Fuel Cells’!
- ‘Chirality’– Mysterious Mirror Image Molecules!
- ‘Metal Alloys’- Turn an Old Copper Coin into a Shiny Brass Penny!
- Chemical Separation – the Wondrous World of ‘Chromatography’!
- ‘Redox Chemistry’ –Colour Changing Reactions!
This is a free event and will take place at the following times:
- Thursday and Friday - 2pm - 4.30pm
- Saturday and Sunday - 10.30am - 4.30pm
Check out the Ele-Mental colouring and short stories competition on the Queen's University Belfast website here