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YS Kids Workshop on Plant Chemistry, Chromatography!

Wed, 2 Oct 2019 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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Please note that this is a kid-only workshop. 

Class III to VIII

Have you wondered what makes the world of Plants very colourful? 

They contain Pigments of different colours which are responsible for the physiological functions of the plant. Some of the common pigments are chlorophyll, carotene, and lycopene. The colours depend on several factors like the age of the plant, the growing conditions, and the genetics of the plant. 


How about pulling out these pigments from the plants using our knowledge on Solvents and Polarity. Consider a race of molecules, in which they take different times to run across a surface. Chromatography is a popular method used for the separation of mixtures based on the above principle. 


Key Concepts:

  1. Plants and Pigments 
  2. Colour extraction by chemicals: using solvents. 
  3. Colour separation by Chromatography: using filter papers.


  1. Flower & Leaf study
  2. Colours and Pigments
  3. Colour extraction
  4. Chromatography - main experiment

Workshop Objective:

This workshop is at the intersection of Biology and Chemistry and will help us learn the Physiology of Plants, Color Extraction and Chromatography.  

The children will be divided into two groups according to their age and the activity will be conducted at an appropriate level.

Note: The following is a video created based on the workshop done on the same topic for younger children, as part of the Bussing Scientist Workshop series. The latest version is modified for older children and will deal with the concepts in greater depth.

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IIT Madras Research Park No.32, Kanagam Rd, Kanagam Periyar Nagar, Taramani, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600113.
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