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The United Nations declared 2019 the International Year of Mendeleev’s periodic table because this symbol of chemistry celebrates its 150th anniversary. That is why essenscia, together with the sectoral training fund Co-valent, has launched two unique attractions at Technopolis in Mechelen and at PASS in Frameries. These activities use gamification as an educational element to inspire and encourage more young people to take an interest in science.

Both attractions – the Mendeleev game and Odyssey of the elements – build an interactive game around the 118 known elements in the periodic table in which agility and motion go hand in hand with playful learning and discovery. The chemical and pharmaceutical sector has worked closely with both science centres for several years, introducing children to chemistry and technology in a fun way.