The IUPAC Periodic Table Challenge now available in nine languages

On November 1, IUPAC has launched two additional translations of the Periodic Table (PT) Challenge: German and Romanian.

The IUPAC PT Challenge dates back to the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019) and the IUPAC centenary in 2019 when an online activity about the Periodic Table of the Elements was launched to celebrate IUPAC anniversary. The PT challenge is targeted at a global audience of young students, scientists and the general interested public, and has had impressive global reach. Since its launch, the PT Challenge has been played more than 130 000 times by players from over 160 countries, from every continent, including Antarctica.

Over the last four years, the PT Challenge has been expanded to include three difficulty levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Italian, and French. With each new translation of the PT Challenge, we saw an increase in participation in the related countries, and this has encouraged us to pursue further translations. The German translation has been led by Dr. Johanna Irrgeher (Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria) with support from the Austrian Society of Chemistry GÖCH. Dr. Aurelia Vișa (Romanian Academy, “Coriolan Drăgulescu” Institute of Chemistry, Timișoara, Romania) provided the Romanian version of the PT Challenge.

“The Periodic Table Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for students, teachers, and really everyone to learn more about the chemical elements and their key role in our lives and in building a more sustainable future”, says IUPAC president Javier García-Martínez.

Being translated in so many languages, the Periodic Table Challenge provides an opportunity for everyone to learn more curiosities about each chemical element. By doing so, it also provides and example of science as a common language among nations. Earlier this summer, IUPAC PT Challenge was also featured in the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD).

If you have an interest in supporting an effort to have another language version of the IUPAC Periodic Table Challenge made available to the global science and chemistry community, please contact IUPAC Executive Director at [email protected].

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