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Aidi Students Construct Handmade 3D Periodic Table

September, 2017
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aidi-news-3dA Chemistry class in Grade 10 at Aidi School (Aidi Australia High School) is currently learning the periodic table of elements. But the difficulty is that students are unfamiliar with the 100-odd abstract elements, so it is nearly impossible to hold their attention long enough to explain the rules and principles of the elements’ positioning in the periodic table. 

So Aidi School decided to mix things up by inviting students to construct a handmade 3D periodic table in an engaging and creative new activity.

The students selected their tools from a choice of materials, and tried their best to display the elements in as special a way as possible. To construct the perfect 3D periodic tables, students carefully observed the table, replicated it and added a sprinkling of their own imagination to create innovative versions of the original symbols.

Having developed an understanding of the periodic table, students used their own methods to distinguish the types of elements, such as distinguish with different colors and Lego. They even recreated the elements into a Ferris wheel in different cars.

One of the students, in producing their 3D periodic table, personally painted the elements in the cycle table of each box that they see in daily life. Aluminum was used to make Coca-Cola cans and match heads for phosphorus. Another student drew a personal periodic table of elements based on their own understanding of the arrangement of elements logic, combining with mathematical knowledge. Fundamentally, this activity has helped them to understand and remember elements better.

In addition to the 3D handmade periodic table activity, the Department of Chemistry also organizes academic activities that impart knowledge in a fun way, such as developing molecular models that motivate students to learn more actively.


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