App Description: The Elements is based on the book of the same name by Theodore Gray. It is an interactive Periodic Table of the Elements, complete with interactive images showing examples of each of the elements including related products (Note: you can purchase stereoscopic visors separately to use an option to see the images in 3D). It also tells a quick story about each element as well as displays relevant data about the element (atomic number, atomic mass, density, electronegativity, etc.) and a more extensive properties list utilizing a link to WolframAlpha (Internet connection required).
How We Use It: We have found this app capable of being adapted to a number of situations, primarily as a content facilitation tool. In our Super Small Matter Lab, a space dedicated to exposing our visitors to concepts of nanoscale science, we use it to discuss carbon in relation to fullerenes/Buckeyballs, carbon nanotubes, and graphene sheets. The app content has also been incorporated into facilitated activities exploring properties of matter in our Science Station. Finally, we have installed an iPad2 connected to a television with the app running as a part of our Matter Factory exhibit, allow visitors the opportunity to explore the Periodic Table of the Elements in a rather unique fashion.