World’s Largest Periodic Table Event Brings San Antonio Schools Together
Volunteers from the Graduate Student Association and San Antonio Science, Inc. will take part in the assembly of
the world’s largest periodic table of the elements on Wednesday, March 2.
“We wanted an event geared especially toward San Antonio youth so
they could get involved in Science Fiesta and get excited about science through
this project,” said graduate student and San Antonio Science, Inc. founder Travis Block.
San Antonio Science is the non-profit organization that is hosting Science Fiesta and the World’s Largest Periodic Table events.
The World’s Largest Periodic Table event will bring together 118 local K-12 schools that have been participating in the project since November of 2015. Participating school groups were recruited through partnership with the Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy (VBTA).
“It was amazing how quickly excitement for our event spread,” said
event organizer and VBTA Program Director Rosemary Riggs. “We assigned all elements from the periodic table within a couple weeks and we are still getting inquiries from other schools seeking to get involved.”
San Antonio Science conducted fundraisers throughout fall of 2015
to raise the $12,000 needed to make the World’s Largest Periodic Table event
possible.Fundraising allowed for all participating schools to be provided with the materials needed to illustrate one element from the periodic table on a 12′ X 15′ foot tarp.
The final table will span over 22,000 square feet in size when
it is assembled at the March 2 event at the Gus Gustafson football stadium.
To promote the periodic table event, San Antonio Science is hosting an online mixed media competition for participating schools. Groups are encouraged to post photos and video of their element squares on the competition’s Facebook page. Shared media with the most “likes” by Friday, March 4 will win pizza parties for their class. Prizes will also be awarded to the school groups that bring the most attendees to the periodic table event.
Periodic table participants are also encouraged to attend Science Fiesta on Saturday, March 5 where winners of the periodic table competitions will be announced.
“We are thrilled by the support that our community and school groups have shown for our event- we can’t wait to see everyone come together on March 2 to celebrate our record breaking achievement!” said graduate student and event organizer Milos Marinkovic. “This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity that we are excited to foster for our local San Antonio youth.”
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