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Cheering For The Periodic Table

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The evident humor in Mollie’s MIT cheer sounds like a bunch of really techie sorts got together and decided to use their brains. Maybe cheerleading even led to Mollie’s interest in brain research.

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Our beloved periodic table deserves a cheer, right?

All this thinking about cheers and science made me wonder what sort of science cheers might work. So I checked out the periodic table to refresh my memory and wrote my own cheer, even though I was a majorette and we didn’t cheer. Anyway, here’s a chemistry cheer:

Periodic Table of the Elements Cheer

Hydrogen, helium, hafnium, gold

Gas, gas, transition metal, yellow and bold.

Alkali, halogen, noble, or rare

Check the periodic table, everyone’s there.

Hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, C

Bonded pairs, formulas, chem-is-try.

Gold, silver, gray, blue, black and red.

Shiny or dull are the colors we said.

Melting point, boiling point, density, then ask:

Are you metalloid or are you gas?

Proton, electron, atomic number, mass

State your configuration minus the sass.

Isotope, half life, uranium blast!

Seven are reactive and seven noble gas.

Line them up, group them down, put them in a row.

The periodic table will let you know!

Hmmm, you say. Science cheer? Really? Sure! Science can be fun.

So what other areas of science might merit a cheer? What about an organs cheer?

Intestines, stomach, liver, or brain

Living without one is a pain!

Okay, I’ll stop. But you get the picture. Here’s the challenge. Choose your favorite branch or area of science and create your own cheer. Even if you don’t perform it at a football game, you’ll surely be the toast of the science class—or at least your friends. (And if you post your cheer in the comments below, you’ll be the toast of “Secret Life.”)