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Periodic Table turns 150

In 1869 Dmitri Mendeleev discovered the periodic table, making 2019 its 150th anniversary.

The periodic table of elements is considered one of the most significant achievements in scientific history as it predicts properties of elements yet to be discovered and organises elements by these chemical properties. Today the periodic table is used by scientists and students to predict the chemical reactions that are likely to occur for different elements.

How we use elements in our everyday lives

Royal Society Te Apārangi is celebrating the year of the period table during the month of May with videos, informative posts across social media, competitions and interactive activities. We are celebrating by looking at how we use elements in our everyday lives, by highlighting some of those who have contributed to the development of the periodic table and through talking to scientists and teachers to see how they use the periodic table.

Celebrating the international year of the periodic table of elements: Professor Richard Furneaux FRSNZ 

Carol Brieseman on the Periodic Table of Elements

Professor Emily Parker FRSNZ on the Periodic Table of Elements

Celebrating the international year of the periodic table of elements: Phil Kendon 

winner collage2Design a t-shirt!

Our main event for the month was a T-shirt competition for kids to get involved in. School tauira students across Aotearoa designed a periodic table themed t-shirt, either funny or educational. There were two winners from primary school age, intermediate and college.

The featured students below have won themselves a prize pack and a t-shirt with their design on it for their entire class.