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Special Science Demonstration

"The Elements of the Periodic Table" International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements Science Demonstration Lecture Series

Demonstration 1: Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals (Group 1 and 2 Elements) 

The Group 1 and Group 2 metals are the most reactive metals. These metals can be rather unfriendly if they got wet, which could end up in pretty impressive explosions. The compounds of these elements, however, are very common in everyday life and can be found abundantly around our homes and within our bodies. In this demonstration, the properties of the groups 1 and 2 elements and their compounds will be demonstrated, featuring some of the famously reactive metals, such as rubidium and caesium!

Date: 29-06-2019 (Saturday)
Venue: Demonstration Theatre, G/F Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

 

Demonstration 2: Transition Metals: Part I (Group 3 to 12 Elements)

There are so many interesting elements among the transition metals that two lectures will be devoted to their stories. In this first lecture, our attention will focus on the first row of the transition metals (Scandium to Zinc), and some of the most well-known metals are among these ten, such as iron and copper. These metals can display very beautiful and vibrant colours in their compounds and they will surprise us by their chemical reactions! We shall explore some daily life uses of these metals as well.

Date: 27-07-2019 (Saturday)
Venue: Demonstration Theatre, G/F Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

 

Demonstration 3: Transition Metals: Part II (Group 3 to 12 Elements)

In this second lecture on the Transition Metals, we will focus our attention to the second and third row transition metals. Here we find some of the most expensive metals such as Gold and Platinum; some of the rarest metals such as Iridium and Osmium and some of the most elusive metals such as Mercury! In this demonstration, we will perform chemistry experiments with these expensive noble metals, these experiments are seldom performed – well, because not many are willing to give away their gold for Chemistry! Join us and be surprised by the properties of these heavier transition metals!

Date: 24-08-2019 (Saturday)
Venue: Demonstration Theatre, G/F Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

 

Demonstration 4: Boron, Carbon and Nitrogen Group Elements (Group 13, 14, 15 Elements)

The common feature among groups 13 to 15 is that going from top to bottom, they switch from non-metals into semi-metals and into metals. As such, we can find rather diverse behaviours among these elements that we will explore in our demonstration. We will try to understand more closely, for example, how carbon can appear as sparkly and attractive diamonds, while the next element up, nitrogen, passes by only as a common gas that is in the air surrounding us.

Date: 21-09-2019 (Saturday)
Venue: Demonstration Theatre, G/F Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

 

Demonstration 5:  Oxygen group elements, Halogens and Noble Gases (Group 16, 17, 18 Elements)

In the last three columns of the periodic table, are some of the elements with strongest personal characters. For example, the group 18 elements are noted for their nobility and inertness, while the halogens in group 17 are some of the most reactive and dangerous non-metal elements. While oxygen is breathed by all to survive, you may wish to stay away from the other oxygen group elements as they could bring about unpleasant effects to your body. Learn all about them at this demonstration!

Date: 05-10-2019 (Saturday)
Venue: Demonstration Theatre, G/F Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

 

Demonstration 6:  The Lanthanides: Rare Earth Metal Elements

The lanthanide elements are often listed as a separate block on Periodic Tables alongside the Actinides. These fourteen members (La to Lu, 57 – 71), known as the rare earth metals, are not very well known by most; but they do have many unique and beautiful properties, making them highly useful in the modern society. In this lecture, we will take a look at these rare earth metals' properties and reactions. We will also explore why they can be found in a variety of useful applications.

Date: 09-11-2019 (Saturday)
Venue: Demonstration Theatre, 2/F Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

 

Demonstration 7:  The Actinides and other man-made elements 

The Actinides starts with Actinium (Ac, element 89) and all elements beyond them are radioactive elements. Their atoms are all too unstable that they naturally decay into smaller, more stable atoms. Some of these radioactive elements are found naturally, but many of them are made synthetically in the lab. In this lecture, some items containing these elements will be shown to allow us to appreciate their uses; and we would also discuss how new elements are made by scientists in the lab. At the end we will explore what's next for the Periodic Table after element 118.

Date: 14-12-2019 (Saturday)
Venue: Demonstration Theatre, 2/F Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

 

Speaker: Dr Jason Chan (Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Time: 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Language: Cantonese
Fee: No extra fee for museum visitors of Permanent Exhibitions
Admission on a first come, first served basis

Jointly organised by Department of Chemistry, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Hong Kong Science Museum
Programmes are subject to change without prior notice.

 

 

"Science in the Public Service" Science Demonstration

Forensic Demonstration: Junior Detectives

Please refer to the Chinese synopsis for details.

Speakers:
Dr. Tao Chi Hang (Chemist, Government Laboratory)
Dr. Poon Ka Chun (Chemist, Government Laboratory)

Date: 24-07-2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Venue: Demonstration Theatre, G/F Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Language: Cantonese
Fee: No extra fee for museum visitors of Permanent Exhibitions
Admission on a first come, first served basis

 

My Microclimate Station and Urban-scale Weather Forecast

Please refer to the Chinese synopsis for details.

Speakers:
Mr Wong Wai Kin (Senior Scientific Officer, Hong Kong Observatory)
Mr Chang Man Hei, Jeffrey (Student from School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong)

Date: 14-08-2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Venue: Demonstration Theatre, G/F Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Language: Cantonese
Fee: No extra fee for museum visitors of Permanent Exhibitions
Admission on a first come, first served basis

 

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