JC Afternoons

 

The Department of Chemistry organised five half-day workshops “Come Experience Life as a Chem Undergrad!” in July over three days. Over 150 participants from Victoria Junior College (JC), Temasek JC, Anderson JC, St Andrew’s JC and National JC participated in the workshops and gained first-hand insights into life as an NUS Chemistry undergraduate.

 

Following a short introduction and showcase of the Chemistry department video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SArvUZDc-pg), Dr Emelyn TAN shared on the Chemistry undergraduate programme and the diverse career opportunities for graduates.

 

The students then participated in an App Assisted Interactive Tutorial using a newly developed augmented reality mobile app, called “ARMolVis”. Users can hover over two-dimensional (2D) photographs of several everyday products. The corresponding molecule that is predominant in that product appears in three-dimension (3D) on their phones. The app allows users to identify the chemical’s name, formula and 3D structure of various daily products that we use.

 

In contrast to past events where all participants performed the same hands-on experiment, this year the participants could select a hands-on experiment from four options: UV-visible spectroscopy of indicators; separation of additives in soft drinks; synthesis of medically useful compounds (methyl salicylate); or synthesis of metal complexes (tetragonal nickel (II) complexes). The participants spent 1.5 hours in the respective teaching laboratories carrying out their selected experiments.

 

After the experiments session, the participants boarded a bus for a campus tour, where they were introduced to various buildings, facilities, Faculties and departments. They were also given a short walking tour around University Town (UTown). The workshop ended with a tea session at the new science canteen.  

 

1.JC1 DegreeTalk TJC

Dr Emelyn Tan shared on the Chemistry undergraduate programme with Temasek JC students

 

1.JC2 App Assisted Interactive Tutorial ARMolVis NJC

National JC students used the “ARMolVis” app to discover the chemicals in everyday products 

 

1.JC3 App Assisted Interactive Tutorial ARMolVis TJC

Temasek JC teachers used the “ARMolVis” app to discover the chemicals in everyday products 

 

1.JC4 Hands onExperiment VJC

Victoria JC students performed an experiment on UV-visible spectroscopy of indicators

 

1.JC5 Hands onExperiment VJC3

Victoria JC students performed an experiment on UV-visible spectroscopy of indicators

 

1.JC6 Hands onExperiment VJC2

Natural indicators - turmeric and beetroot - were used in the UV-visible spectroscopy of indicators experiment

 

1.JC7 NUS Campus Tour AJC

Dr Emelyn Tan described the UTown facilities to Anderson JC students