NUS Chemistry Week 2017

NUS Chemistry Week was held from 1 to 9 June. The week-long event comprised eight fun-filled activities, including the NUS-Dow Surprising Science Teachers’ Workshop, Circuit Chem Practical Challenge, Rapid Chem Challenge, Chem Day Camp, the 24th Chemistry-dot-Communication Challenge, and the Surprising Chemistry Workshop.

Chemistry Week activities were open to the general public, teachers and students from secondary schools, junior colleges, the Institute of Technical Education and the polytechnics. More than 200 students from 48 schools participated in the event.

The NUS-Dow Surprising Science Teachers’ Workshop, organised in collaboration with Dow Chemical, was tailored for chemical sciences teachers to explore ideas and materials from everyday science for practical use in classroom teaching. The workshop included hands-on activities at NUS and Dow Performance Silicones Laboratory at Fusionopolis.

The Circuit Chem Practical Challenge, a competition open to upper secondary, junior college (JC) and polytechnic students, saw teams of two participants undertaking practical Chemistry problems at multiple stations against the clock. The tasks covered the four main aspects of Chemistry – Inorganic, Organic, Physical and Analytical.



Students working on a practical challenge in Circuit Chem

At Rapid Chem, a fun game that tested students’ knowledge on Chemistry, teams of three participants raced to answer quiz questions at various stations. This was followed by tour of the teaching and research laboratories.

The Chem Day Camp was a one-day non-residential camp where participants got to experience how interesting and exciting Chemistry could be through hands-on laboratory activities and demonstrations.


Students had a fun-filled day at the Chem Day Camp workshop

Chemistry•Communication Challenge is a biennial scientific communication competition. The theme for this year, “C3 - Climate Change & Chemistry”, challenged competitors to describe the important role of chemistry in understanding and addressing climate change. Started in the 1970s as the Chemistry Speech Contest, the event provides secondary school students nationwide an introduction to advanced topics in chemical sciences and their vital role in industry and society.


Alumni and their families had fun at the Science of Cooking and Molecular Gastronomy workshop