The size of the periodic table that I have constructed is a fantastic teaching tool. The periodicity, the trends, the uses, properties and history of each element are displayed in a colourful, eye catching permanent exhibit. Since its construction from the beginning of term, I have witnessed students pointing to the periodic table and talking about it; I don't believe they would have done this with the black and white versions displayed in the laboratories.
Without the help of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Outreach Fund we would never have been able to realise the project, so we are extremely grateful for the opportunity – not only for the students currently attending but also for future students.
Many people have helped complete this project and made it successful. I have relied on support from the premises team, the finance staff, the bursar, the art department, the students in years 7 and 8 who designed the tiles, the teachers and technicians, a neighbour who helped start hanging the tiles, a science colleague and her two daughters who came to help adhere the tiles, my head of department who was a constant sounding board when I needed a new perspective and finally my fantastic husband who designed the database to bring together the designs with the elements symbol and key facts that we wanted printing.