Unique Interactive Periodic Table Display at Cheltenham College
On Monday 13 April 2015 Cheltenham College will unveil a 3m wide interactive periodic table display as the centrepiece of a £2.5 million transformation of the Science Centre.
Cheltenham College has a long tradition of strength in Sciences. As with all the great public schools of England, College led the way in the introduction of science to the school curriculum in the nineteenth century and many Old Cheltonians have gone on to make an impact in their specialist scientific areas on the world stage.
The new Science buildings have been transformed both inside and out; now all laboratories contain cutting-edge, university standard equipment to mirror College's vision of producing high-calibre science students of the future. Students aged 9-18 will now be able to undertake experiments and investigations beyond the scope of the curriculum.
“The refurbished laboratories will transform our pupils experience of practical science – they ensure that College can continue to put practical skills at the top of the science agenda.”
John Jones, Head of Chemistry, Cheltenham College
The Periodic Table
In 1869 Russian chemist, Dimitri Mendeleev, started the development of the periodic table, arranging chemical elements by atomic mass. Since then there have been many different iterations of this famous arrangement of chemical elements, organised on the basis of their atomic numbers, electron configurations and recurring chemical properties, however few have aimed to bring the teaching of the periodic table to life.
Specially commissioned for the newly renovated Science Centre, and inspired by Theodore Gray, international selling author, the periodic table is the first large-scale installation of its kind in Europe, bringing the concept of the periodic table to life. The display presents hundreds of carefully curated objects, showing how elements are used in civilization, as well as an interactive video display featuring experiments and demonstrations.
“Our periodic table is a true blend of art and science. It brings chemistry to life for both students and visitors; it is such a powerful teaching resource.”
Isabella Mech, Head of Science, Cheltenham College
Members of the College community, as well as members of the general public, have also had the opportunity to be involved in the project by sponsoring an element and placing items of personal significance within each display cabinet. Current examples include an Oxygen meter from a military aircraft, aluminum bicycle brakes, and a piece of iron barbed wire from WW2 trenches. For further information, please visit: