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Experience The Periodic Table In An Entirely New Way!

Thu 01 Aug 2019 - Sun 15 Sep 2019

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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