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Techtatva ’18—Cheminova

Krazysheet
Prajaktha Mallya

Among the various opportunities that TechTatva provides the students, Krazysheet, conducted by Cheminova, aimed to teach the participants the uses of MS Excel. The basics of MS Excel were covered in the pre-TechTatva workshops to provide the participants with a basic foundation even if they were to start from scratch. In these workshops, the attendees were made familiar with the essential functions of the application.  The students made remarkable progress in their learning curve by attending these workshops.

Credits: Aaisha Singhal

During TechTatva, the event was conducted in the computer labs of the Chemical Department. Though the turnout was less, the organisers nevertheless put up a great show in teaching Excel to the interested competitors. The event was divided into two rounds– the first was confined to the basics of Excel and the second was a bit more challenging, as explained by Chinmay Kulkarni, an organiser of the event. The sole aim of both the rounds was to manipulate data to achieve a set of desired results. Chris, the event head, said “I was an organiser last year and hence have an idea of organising an event in Cheminova. The fact that I like this particular event made me stick to this category and am pleased to become the event head for the same.” He also added, “The main aim of the event is to teach them (participants) the use of MS Excel from a technical point of view.”

The event proved to be a success despite the low influx. The participants who devoted time and effort in learning it left the room with immense satisfaction. They had a lot of fun throughout the event.

Clash of Chemicals
Prajaktha Mallya

A chemical treasure hunt organized by Cheminova, Clash of Chemicals spurted a lot of excitement and energy in the chemistry labs of AB-1. Commencing late in the afternoon, the teams showed up to prove their chemical genius. The competition had two phases. The first phase was a written test, based on logic puzzles. The questions were purely logical, with little to no science involved. A few also involved mathematics. The screening test was conducted to note the participants’ logical abilities. The event head Ruthwik Nakka described the event as, “It’s kind of like Sherlock Holmes, but with chemicals.”

Credits: Praveen

After the screening test, the second phase was the treasure hunt. Strewn about the room were clues and chemicals. Competitors were given a start clue from which they had to find the hidden compound. The participants went around the room trying to find the next clue that led them a step closer to the chemical they were supposed to find. After locating this chemical salt, students then had to conduct the chemical tests to determine which salt it was. These were a series of basic salt analysis, using acids and other known salts in the lab.

The participants conducted the salt analysis tests on the chemical they had found, and after they were sufficiently sure of what it was, they reported it in. The event made the whole idea of salt analysis more lively by introducing twists like the treasure hunt.  It was a fun event to both organise and participate.

Industrialise
Shruti Wagle

Industrialise provided a window of opportunity to venture into the petrochemical industry market. The event was akin to a game of Monopoly where participants had to buy units for a petroleum refining industry instead of property. There were two qualifying rounds conducted on the same day.

The first round was an aptitude test which consisted of twenty multiple choice questions based on analytical and logical reasoning. The participants who made it to the second round had to create a petroleum refining industry using the appropriate units. They were required to properly analyse their model and choose the right kinds and quantity of components like the distillation tanks, refinery units, etc. Next, the contestants arranged the items in an appropriate order and designed a flow chart for its proper functioning. One of the tasks was to stick to the budget allotted and build the most economic-friendly model. They were also expected to rate each unit by its the importance in the refinery. The rubrics for the judgement were the efficiency of the refinery and the money spent to build it.

Pragati Mutt and Anshika Agarwal, the event heads, were pleased with the increase in turnout as compared to last year. Many participants who attended the workshop for this event during Pre-TechTatva showed up. It was an insightful event where participants learned about the complexities faced in the petrochemical industry.

Aquaventure
Shruti Wagle

If stranded in a jungle without the access to clean water, the participants of Aquaventure would come out victorious by probably building their own water filters while the rest of us die of dehydration. In a world where clean water is turning into a rare commodity – low cost and efficient water filters are a necessity. This new event by Cheminova introduced the participants to the fun in making exciting DIY projects in the chemical engineering department.

The competition consisted of two rounds held on the same day. The first round was a written test comprising of twenty questions based on aptitude and maths. In the second round, the participants had to build a water filter. They were provided with a few materials such as sand or gravel, and chemical filters like resin to accomplish this. Each item costed a certain sum of money, and the participants had to buy all the required parts within their prescribed budget.

Credits: Kshitij

A few items were compulsory to buy, and the rest was left to the participants. The participants were judged on a balance of efficiency and economy. The filter had to be in excellent working condition but at the same time cost-effective. After making the filter, water was passed through it and was then subjected to a series of tests. By carrying out pH level, clarity, conductivity and other chemical tests on the water the effectiveness of the filter was checked. The event heads, Garima Singla and Shikhar Shrivastav were quite excited about the response. “The turnout is amazing and it’s hard to fit all the people into the room.” quoted Garima. A few of the challenges the organisers faced was acquiring materials such as zeolite and resin for which they had to travel to Udupi. Another was creating an accurate solution for testing the water.