Celebrate Periodic Table Day
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Summary of Activity:

Prepared to celebrate Periodic Table Day on Feb 7. Set up a table in our high volume traffic area. Participants answered questions related to the Periodic table and received prizes, ranging from bags of chocolate to a periodic table lanyard to coffee mugs with the chemical equation for caffeine

Estimated Prep Time:
1.0 hour(s)
Estimated Activity Time:
1.5 hour(s)
Estimated Total Time:
2.5 hour(s)
  • Technical
Target Audience:
  • Group
Submission Type:
Ready-To-Go Event
Activity Type:
Interactive Activity
Detailed Description and Instructions:


  • Set of questions
  • Periodic table poster
  • 2 mugs
  • Periodic table lanyards
  • Bag of chocolate
  • Scratch paper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Scissors

How It Works:

  • There will be a set of questions (5) for everyone to answer.  They can’t use their smartphones.  They have to use the periodic table poster
  • For example, 1 question could be what is the costliest element in the periodic table?  You would think gold, right?  Nope, it’s francium.
  • Once they submit their questions, we will check for their correct answers.
  • If they get 1-2 questions right, they get a baggie of chocolate (10 baggies)
  • If they get 3-4 questions right, they get a periodic lanyard  (15 lanyards)
  • If they get all 5 questions right, they get a coffee mug (2 mugs)


  • We had a total of 16 participants for the event and gave away all the prizes except for one lanyard. We ran out of prizes at 12:20.
  • Feedback was good. People seemed excited about the trivia questions. Chem tech explained the answers and folks listening were engaged and interested. Many “oh man!”s for wrong answers with laughter and good spirits.
  • Of the 16 participants, 13 answered that they would be interested in joining WIN if not already a member while 3 declined. Note: Several others stopped by to see what we were doing but did not participate. One man was excited to get the lanyard and showed us that he had a period table T-shirt on under his hoodie. 😊
  • Suggestion for future events: Ask for their email address on the answer forms in addition to or in place of phone number.
  • Winners (answered all five questions): Paul Rodi, Angela Harper, Kimberly Murphree and Amber Collins
  • On questionnaire, ask people for their email address and not just phone number.


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