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Monday, July 13, 2015

The History of the Chemical Elements for (Big) Kids

The Periodic Table - now with more style.

The Periodic Table – now with more style.

The National Science Education Standards says that “The natural and designed world is complex; it is too large and complicated to investigate and comprehend all at once. Scientists and students learn to define small portions for the convenience of investigation… referred to as ‘systems’.” We know that the periodic table is one such system, but the methods for teaching it range from rote memorization to endless rounds of flashcards to chanting the elements call-and-response style. School is out, so what better time to think of a fun way to teach this concept? Join CHF Fellow, Adrian Dingle, as he talks about his most recent project, a children’s book about the history of the chemical elements. Learn a few fascinating facts behind the discovery of some of the elements, all delivered from an easy to follow kids perspective – oh, and with beer, too! Also, pay attention: there will be a quiz.

stoolshotAdrian Dingle is a chemistry educator and author, with over 25 years of experience teaching and writing in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He is currently the 2015 Société de Chimie Industrielle Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation where he is researching a children’s book about the discovery of the elements.

Adrian’s chemistry based interests include, but are not limited to, The Periodic Table, The Elements, and the role of chemistry symbolism and usage in society and pop-culture, including their use in beer advertising and symbolism.

His books include, The Periodic Table: Elements With Style, and How To Make A Universe With 92 Ingredients which won the School Library Association of the UK’s Information Book Award in 2011. In 2012, the same book won the prestigious literary prize Wissenschaftsbuch des Jahre, which is sponsored by the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research. ’92’ also won the 2014 American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award in the children’s category.

He is the creator of the award-winning chemistry website, http://www.adriandingleschemistrypages.com. An Englishman, Dingle lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he teaches at The Westminster Schools.

July’s Science on Tap is brought to you by partner the Chemical Heritage Foundation.