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Core Concepts: Periodic Table
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Welcome to Core Concepts: Periodic Table

Core Concepts: Periodic Table makes complex scientific concepts easy to understand and highly engaging. Its intuitive, interactive interface encourages hands-on exploration to develop a deep understanding of the 118 elements that make up our world. This resource supports STEM learning and the Next Generation Science Standards and immerses learners in the building blocks of each element, their discoveries and uses throughout history, and much more.

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Librarians and educators are saying...

“Very student-friendly ... CCPT turns chemistry, which can be inaccessible for the novice, into something interesting and interactive ... an ideal database for young researchers.”
American Library Association’s eContent Quarterly

“Comprehensive and interactive ... offers easy access to articles replete with images, diagrams, and tables. The involving and attractive home page offers multiple entry points and allows for a range of student experience ... Navigation is easy. An excellent tool for secondary students ... recommended as a sound instructional choice for middle- and high-school chemistry programs.”

“A one stop shop for properties, uses and history of the periodic table of elements.”
National Science Teachers Association

Key Features For Learners & Educators:


  • Lesson plans, assessments, digital flashcards, and experiments

  • Correlations to Next Generation Science Standards and national, state, and provincial science standards

  • Instant translation into over 100 languages

  • Text-to-speech and enhanced text visibility ensures all learners can read and succeed

  • Learning simulations, including the "Element Builder," allow learners to explore atomic theory and master the science behind the periodic table

  • Interactive timelines, biographies, and videos from the internationally renowned Chemical Heritage Foundation

  • Digital storytelling opportunities: student-created videos 

  • Use on any device: iOS, Android, and Chromebook compatible