CCA Previews ’22: Alchemy Club

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By Zhang ShengYang David (22S03O), Chairperson and Maggie Yao Chai YinZhi (22S03E), Vice-Chairperson

Do you Zinc Chemistry is fun? Do you find all the other subjects Bohr’ing? We noble (know bro)… keep your ion Alchemy Club when choosing CCAs! 

Our sessions happen once a week – every Monday from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, a perfect timing no matter how packed your schedules are. You will definitely look forward to these fun and engaging sessions, as members will always get to take something away from them! Not only will you be able to gain applicable knowledge, but also grow to love the positive energy from your fellow alchemists.

Alchemy Club is also the perfect place to learn more about and practice scientific communication, and members get many chances to try their hand at making presentations to teach difficult concepts in a simple and understandable manner.

Alchemists are also introduced to new chemistry concepts and fun experiments! While we are still finding a way to turn lead into gold, we will make sure you can strike gold in your alchemy journey! Whether it is a theory that you never got to learn about in H2 Chem, or the experiments that you always wanted to try but never had the materials to do so, or the like-minded friends you never knew you needed… Here is a glimpse into what goes on in Alchemy Club:

  • Insightful lectures: Ever wondered how tattooing works? How about why Teflon makes non-stick cookware? Want to know about molecular gastronomy, or in simple terms – how the chemistry of food changes as it is made? These are just some of the lectures we have had this year! Our lectures go above and beyond the syllabus, and are interdisciplinary. It is our guarantee that you will adore chemistry and its vast applications in the real world.
  • Fun Practicals: Have you unknowingly associated chemistry practicals with boring titrations? Want to dye your own clothes using dyes? Want to create a heat resistant supermaterial, Starlite, that allows you to safely set your hand on fire? Want to make your own lollipop in RI laboratories? If you answered yes to any of the above, you will definitely look forward to these current and upcoming practicals we have planned! 
  • Bonding Sessions: Are you a fan of game shows like Jeopardy? Look forward to charades and chemistry-themed trivia quizzes to beat your friends in! Build friendships and burn bridges in our unique chemistry themed bonding games.

If these sessions are appealing to you, we’re sure you will find your calling here in alchemy. There is but one prerequisite to becoming an alchemist – a burning passion for chemistry! We welcome all to our band of alchemists, regardless of your level of expertise.

For many of us in Alchemy, the session is the time of the week where we get to chill, have fun, while learning new things (that you can flex about)! Alchemy Club is always here to push you to go beyond what you think you can learn, do, and make. Just as how early alchemists went on a quest to turn lead into gold, you will get to do Au(awe)some experiments, find Au(a)mazing friends and Au(a)lways be challenged to think out of the box. 

That’s Au from us, we hope to see you in Alchemy Club next year! 

Members dyeing cloth with beetroot, spinach, and butterfly pea tea during a practical! *Picture taken in accordance with SMMs during the prior phase of Covid-19 measures.

*Cover image taken in accordance with SMMs during the prior phase of Covid-19 measures.

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