We all know the Periodic Table of Elements — it's that thing with the pretty colors that hung on your chemistry class wall. While we may all recognize the venerable chart, we may not really know it (unless it's done up as a Star Wars version). Now, students and science buffs can actually interact with it thanks to QR codes for each element.
Artist Yiying Lu created the QR enabled Periodic Table of Elements to stir the imagination in an old scientific tool via the help of modern devices. Those with tablets or smartphones can point their device at her rendering and be taken to applicable Wikipedia entries where they can get the bigger picture on the history of the element, its uses, and often a photo.
I'd say Lu has created a home run — with all the additional information, the chart really comes alive. Instead of students just memorizing the letters and numbers on the chart, the QR codes can help answer that nagging question teachers probably hear all the time: "What do I need to know about this for?"
Interested in the QR Periodic Table of Elements? Yiying Lu has made it open source and is giving it away for FREE on her website, as she is hoping to inspire a new generation to be interested in chemistry and science with a fun and easy tool.
Yiying Lu, that earns you a DVICE high-five!