if you/your students like to solve puzzles, this is for you!
1. What: Puzzles based on periodic table will be sent to all
competitors and prizes awarded. A competition sponsored/run by students in
Cuba and the U.S.
2. When: March, 2010. The link above provides an on-line sign up form.
3. Who: teams from around the world! There are five divisions; middle
school, high school, 2 college/university levels and open (open division is
anyone from an accountant sitting on the beach in Brazil to a family inside
the Artic circle).
4. Where: the whole competition will be conducted via e-mail. You
pick your location and we forward a dozen puzzles. Those that do the best -
5. How? The web link above provides details on the unique puzzle
(rules) and logistics of the competition. (note: this link will be updated
very soon - it has some errors).
Do I have to be a chemist? No! but you'll learn some chemistry!
Who is this aimed at? Mostly students but anyone can enter.
Why do it? Students will compete against teams around the world - students
Prizes? Yes - they are awarded. But even if your group finished dead-last -
they'll learn quite a bit of chemistry.
Why do this with a class? Lots of reasons - extra credit, substitute for a
lab or a lecture, great team activity.
Where can we do this? You pick the spot - just need access to the internet.
Updated announcement will be sent in 2-3 weeks.
Please forward to any interested parties!
Reference for puzzle: Periodic Puzzles:The
<http://chemeducator.org/first/bibs/s00897092254.htm> Periodic Table,
Element Symbols and Pattern Recognition
DOI 10.1333/s00897092254a Published 22 December 2009, The Chemical
Thomas J. Manning
Editor, Florida Scientist
Professor of Chemistry
Valdosta State University
1500 Patterson Ave
valdosta, Ga 31698
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