Mauritius marks International Year of Periodic Table of Chemical Element

Periodic Table Chemical Elements. Photo : Conceptdraw.com

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – Mauritius recently marked the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT 2019.

Dubbed, “The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements-Unveiled”, the exhibition was launched at Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (RGSC), in Bell Village.

The exhibition is an initiative of the RGSC aimed at showcasing the history of the periodic table’s discovery and the scientists who contributed to the importance of the elements in society.

It is set to tour secondary schools during the first and second semester this year and next year, targeting all classes especially science students. It is a series of hands-on exhibits to engage the audience in discovery and challenged-based learning.

In a statement, the Chairperson of Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre Trust Fund, Dr Jayantee Naugah, said RGSC will conduct science shows, lectures and film shows to awaken students’ interest in science subjects and encourage them to choose science subjects at higher level.

“The activities also aim to bridge the gap between science, chemistry and society; raise national awareness on the importance of chemical elements, chemistry and sustainable development issues related to the use of science and technology; and engage students to engage in contextual learning of chemistry by participating in chemistry based activities at school level,” she said.

Proclaimed by the United Nations, the IYPT 2019 also marked the 150th anniversary since, the Russian chemist and inventor, Dmitri Mendeleev, discovered the Periodic Table System. The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is a unique tool, enabling scientists to predict the appearance and properties of matter on earth and in the rest of the Universe.

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