New app brings the Periodic Table to life

This year we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table – but this stalwart of chemistry classrooms everywhere has just well and truly entered the 21st century.

To coincide with National Science Week, Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has launched a new augmented reality (AR) app that will bring ANSTO periodic table posters in schools across Australia to life.

Simply by scanning the periodic table with your IOS or Android device using the free ANSTO XR app, elements will literally jump off the table as key facts are shared with the students.

“This app is set to change Australia’s science classrooms as we know them”

Dr Adi Paterson, CEO at ANSTO, said by using virtual reality and now augmented reality apps, we can introduce science to students in new and ingenious ways.

“This app is set to change Australia’s science classrooms as we know them. It has the potential to foster an early interest in science that could lead to more students choosing STEM subjects at university,” he said.

“Every single ANSTO periodic table, in every science classroom in Australia can from today be used to activate the augmented reality app, which is free to download.”

Year 9 Kirrawee High School student, Elena Mbeya, who recently trialled the app, said it’s a great and engaging way to learn science.

“When I grow up, I would love to be a material science engineer, so I really enjoyed using this app. It’s definitely a great way to make science more fun and engaging,” Elena said.

For information on how to download ANSTO XR and what devices are supported click here

Schools who don’t yet have an ANTSO compatible periodic table can download one

Gemma Chilton

Author: Gemma Chilton

Gemma has a degree in journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney and spent a semester studying environmental journalism in Denmark. She has been writing about science and engineering for over a decade.

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