International Year of the Periodic Table – Science in Action at Nobel Algarve

Students in the National and International sections of Nobel International School Algarve in Lagoa came together in their science lessons to produce a Human Periodic Table, to mark the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

The table, as we know it today, was designed by the Russian scientist Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev.

Science teacher Rute Oliveira said: “The periodic table is not just a typical wall decoration in science classrooms – it is an exceptional tool for scientists to understand, and even predict, the properties of all the elements. This announcement by the United Nations of the International Year of the Periodic Table will help to raise the profile of how chemistry can provide solutions to global challenges in agriculture, education, energy and health.

“The exercise (at the school) brought the table to life and brought the students’ attention to the importance of chemistry in our lives. We hope that this stokes their curiosity for science.”

Safer Internet Day

Meanwhile, parents of children in the Primary Section of Nobel International School Algarve will attend a teacher-led workshop, and pupils will consider safety topics in lessons, during the week of February 5 to mark global Safer Internet Day 2019.

Safer Internet Day is marked in more than 100 countries and the aim is to inspire a global conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

IT Teacher Carmen Mattioli said: “We aim to encourage children to explore how they ask, give and receive consent online and how they manage privacy and data in the online world they share with their friends and family. Activities in school during the week will consider how the internet works, who owns the information that is shared on it, and how we can actively take ownership of digital spaces.

“’Together for a better internet’ is the theme of this year’s global awareness day; this call for collaboration comes at a time when the media is filled with stories of cyberbullying leading to teenage suicides, online gaming causing addiction and of the chat rooms and voice chats providing a vehicle for groomers to abuse children. It also comes at a time when corporate privacy scandals and nation-state attacks all carry great threat. The early concept of the internet as a tool for bringing the world closer together is being eroded. As part of our commitment to build a three-way relationship between school, parents and pupils, we are hosting two workshops for parents who are interested in finding out more and are encouraging children and parents to talk about the topic at home.”