scienceXart: elements in everyday life

To celebrate the importance of chemistry in science and society, the Academy’s National Committee for Chemistry is hosting scienceXart: elements in everyday life, a chemistry themed art competition for primary and secondary school students, in partnership with the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA). The competition will run over Term 2, 2019 with entry categories suitable for all year levels. The competition aims to reach students in classrooms across Australia, including in regional and remote areas.

A selection of exciting prizes will be on offer for winning entries. More details to follow shortly!

This initiative is part of the Academy’s celebration of the UNESCO International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT) and 100th anniversary of the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry.

Opportunity for student engagement

This competition is a fantastic opportunity for students of all year levels to engage hands-on with the periodic table, develop a deeper understanding of key principles of chemistry, and foster an appreciation of the wider impact of chemical sciences throughout life and society.

The competition format has been developed in consultation with ASTA and teachers from across the country to align with the science syllabus of schools. The competition would serve well as homework or as part of an in-class assessment item or project. For more ideas or suggestions on how to incorporate the competition into your curriculum, please get in touch with us at icsu@science.org.au.

Students and parents, if you are keen to get involved, please let your teachers know about this competition!

To register your class or school’s interest and to receive updates, please sign up to the competition mailing list.

What’s the prize?

Winners and guardians will receive a behind-the-science VIP tour of Canberra! This will be an exclusive private tour of some of Australia’s best science icon and facilities with the chance to meet world-leading scientists.

Highly commended entries submitted prior to June 28 will be selected for a special showcase during Academy activities at the IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in Paris.

How to enter

The competition is free to enter!

Each participating school is welcome to submit their top 5 entries per competition category (more information below) to the Academy for judging by an expert panel assembled from across Australia. This could be a great way to encourage some friendly competition or as a novel take on assessment moderation. Individual entries are also accepted for students whose schools are not participating. 

Entries need to be uploaded via the links below. Only electronic entries will be accepted so if your students have made a drawing or created a 3D piece of art, please scan or take a photo of it.

Primary School Category
For teachers
Individual

Middle School Category
For teachers
Individual

High School Category
For teachers
Individual

Key dates and details

April 29—Competition entry submission opens

July 8—A selection of entries to feature in special showcase during Academy activities at the IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in Paris

July 12—Competition entry submission closes

August 10 to 18 (National Science Week)—Competition winners publicly announced. Prizes to be awarded as part of the Academy’s National Science Week activities (exact date TBC)

Competition categories

The competition will be free to enter and feature three categories:

PRIMARY SCHOOL (PREP/KINDER/FOUNDATION TO YEAR 4)

THEME: ‘Things are made of stuff, stuff is made of chemicals’

AIM: To describe properties or behaviours of familiar objects or materials (stuff) and suggest explanations of everyday interactions with objects or materials (stuff).

MEDIUM: Still (photo, drawing, painting, software-created or other artwork) image used to express their ideas, observations or imagination addressing the theme and a 50-word description addressing the aim statement. Individual entries (one student per entry).

Entries will be judged on creativity, scientific merit, and demonstration of impact through image and description.

MIDDLE SCHOOL (YEAR 5 TO YEAR 8)

THEME: ‘The elements in everyday life’

AIM: To compare and classify observable everyday changes to materials, compare physical and chemical changes to explain the properties and behaviours of substances using the particle model or describe the techniques used to separate mixtures into pure substances.

MEDIUM: (i) Still (photo, drawing, painting or other artwork), OR (ii) moving (animation/video, up to 10 seconds), and a 100-word description explaining how the artwork addresses the theme. Individual entries (one student per entry).

Entries will be judged on creativity, scientific merit, and demonstration of impact through image and description.

HIGH SCHOOL (YEAR 9 TO YEAR 12)

THEME: ‘Alternative representations of the periodic table’

AIM: To evaluate Mendeleev’s representation of the periodic table by communication of alternative methods of its representation using different principles (e.g. order by elemental abundance) or to specific audiences (eg. visually impaired).

MEDIUM: Still (diagram or photo) and 150 word explanatory description. Individual or team (maximum 2 students) entries.

Entries will be judged on creativity, scientific merit, and demonstration of novelty through image and description.

Background

In 2019, the global scientific community will be celebrating two important anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

In commemoration of the latter, 2019 has been proclaimed by UNESCO as the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT). More information about IYPT2019

IUPAC is a non-governmental and not-for-profit global scientific organisation dedicated to the promotion of international cooperation in the chemical sciences. IUPAC is the leading authority on chemical nomenclature and is responsible for the naming of new elements in the periodic table, striving to ensure a common language for the global chemistry community. Read more about IUPAC.

Resources for teachers

Links with Primary Connections units (F-Y6): Download document

Links with Science by Doing units (Y7-Y10): Download document

Free STEAM (Arts into STEM) resources from the web:

More resources will be provided in the upcoming months. To receive updates, please sign up to the competition mailing list.

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