Bonne rentrée tout le monde! Happy first day of school everyone! Celebrating with a Periodic Table of cupcakes

Elemental cupcakes!

Elemental cupcakes!

So it has been a while … a long sabbatical, that does not need a lengthy explanation, only that at around about this time last year, I was presented with an opportunity to change career paths. An unexpected phone call, followed by a few days of weighing up the pros and cons, a leap of faith and Voila! A science high school teacher was born! Err, well kind of – having absolutely no teacher training or high school experience, one couldn’t really stretch that far. This is the reason that the past year has been spent scrambling and learning how to teach high school students. Never has a case of on-the-job-training been so true.

So this blog entry is the result of an end-of year class, where exams were finished, summer was blooming outside and motivation levels of students (and teacher) were waning. We had studied the chemistry of the Periodic Table throughout the year, and what better way to celebrate the Periodic Table than by embodying it in the form of cup-cakes!

The Period Table: http://www.ptable.com/

The Period Table: http://www.ptable.com/

So I baked an army-load of cupcakes, told my students to bring their scientific creativity to the forefront, and equipped with multi-coloured icing, lollies and cake decorating tools we set about to create a rather-messy, but yummy interpretation of the Periodic Table.

Cupcake decorating tools ready!

Cupcake decorating tools ready!

Tasty elemental cupcakes - Iron (Fe); Carbon (C); Cobalt (Co) and Flourine (F).

Tasty elemental cupcakes – Iron (Fe); Carbon (C); Cobalt (Co) and Flourine (F).

Elemental cupcake: Germanium (Ge) in the making

Elemental cupcake: Germanium (Ge) in the making

Group 1: Alkali metals taking form: Hydrogen (H); Lithium (Li) and Sodium (Na)

Group 1: Alkali metals taking form: Hydrogen (H); Lithium (Li) and Sodium (Na)

The Periodic Table taking shape

The Periodic Table taking shape

Students interpretation of the elements.

Students interpretation of the elements.

The semi-finished table. We ran out of cup cakes due in part to my under-estimation of the students appetite during the construction of the cup cake table .... Oh well, we will have to wait until next year to complete it!

The semi-finished table. We ran out of cup cakes due in part to my under-estimation of the students appetite during the construction of the cup cake table …. Oh well, we will have to wait until next year to complete it!

For all those teachers and students going back to school today -  Bonne rentrée/happy first day back at school!

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4 Responses to Bonne rentrée tout le monde! Happy first day of school everyone! Celebrating with a Periodic Table of cupcakes

  1. Silvia says:

    Very creative and motivates the students!

  2. Emanuele says:

    So exciting. Such a wonderful way to convey information and teach chemistry! Wonderful job!

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