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TechTatva’18—Chrysalis

House MD
Janmejay Chakravarty 

‘House MD’ was the first event under Chrysalis at Techtatava’18, giving one a shot at pretending to be a doctor for a day. The event, which started right on time, consisted of a written questionnaire that participants, most of which were first years, solved to clear the first round. The questions asked were related to various diseases, their vectors, control, and diagnostic measures. Teams of two attempted to solve the quiz and eight teams cleared the short test with utmost ease.

Picture credits: Aaisha Singhal

The organisers were pleasantly surprised by the turnout that surpassed their expectations. House MD aimed at showing engineering students the life of a doctor, albeit in a very rudimentary way. A prerequisite knowledge of the basics of medicine or clinical biology gave a few participants a slight advantage over the rest.

The final round was an actual diagnosis session where the volunteers acted as stand-in patients and the participants diagnosed them. The volunteers could be questioned on their ailment, the time period for which they had been suffering due to the disease or disorders that may run in their family. A format was provided to the participants to create their diagnosis sheets, where they filled in the symptomatic details and tried to diagnose the disease that the patients might be suffering from. Donned in lab coats, the participants sat there noting down the symptoms, and the classroom soon seemed to resemble a clinic.

Slice of Life
Ankitha Giridhar

Ardent readers and fans of crime mysteries and detective fiction found their tiny paradise at ‘Slice of Life’. The first round was a written one with questions related to forensic science. The quiz included words such as ‘algor mortis’ that came across as a shock to the participants that missed out on the Pre-TechTatva workshop that had been conducted for this event. With a packed room of around 50 teams, the first round began as the participants shuffled across a series of questions that required them to put their lessons from Biology for Engineers to use. To tone down the seriousness a little, the organisers slipped in a few questions from Agatha Christie novels as well. Despite a little disturbance around the printing of the question papers, they mopped up the crime scene well enough to make way for the final round.

Picture credits: Rohan Jain

The teams who made it to the final round had an exciting evening awaiting them, as did the organisers themselves. The classroom transformed into a crime scene, with a bloody corpse, and six suspects where the participants played the role of detectives. The crime scene was meticulously arranged with a gunshot wound, a bloody floor and wall, and even glass scattered around the ‘body’. Different sets of clues were handed out, based on the tests the teams thought to be apt. Volunteers at the event played the role of the six suspects, and the participants could question them to get an estimate of the time at which the murder was committed. Using the forensic techniques that the participants learned at the workshop, they were expected to figure who the killer was.  The air reeked of a competitive spirit as each team put their heads together to outwit the others as they Sherlock-ed their way to victory.

Biofiction
Rasika Murali 

Biofiction was one of those events that brought science and creativity together through writing. Participants were presented with several prompts, related to biology, out of which they could choose one to write a story. The prompts were thought-provoking, ranging from questioning where the world would be in the next 100 years, human encounters with aliens, genetic experiments, a virus epidemic and even an apocalyptical end to Earth. The story was required to include a well-written plot along with a climax and a conclusion. A lot of students turned up to unleash their imagination in a quiet corner of NLH, perfect for story writing. All of the participants were so absorbed into writing the story that three hours just flew by. The stories were ideally supposed to be not too long, with a minimum word limit of 500 words, but the pages seemed to be to less to contain all their ideas.

Picture credits: Vihaan

The participants had to write their story in a way that it would be interesting while being grounded in reality and factually accurate. This required them to incorporate scientific biological ideas and portray them in a way that would keep the reader engaged in the tale. One of the contestants at the event said, “The event was great! I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s the first time I’m writing after 12th grade, so I’m content.”  Overall it was an event that gave students an outlet for the art of story-writing in a technology related fest

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