National Crystal Growing Competition

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The National Crystal Growing Competition is a fun, hands-on experience as well as an exciting competition. Schools are provided with materials and instructions on how to grow crystals and the objective is to grow the biggest and highest quality single crystal.

When does it take place?

Materials are typically available to order in early September. In 2016, the crystal growing period will run from October 10 to November 18. The deadline for submitting your crystal for judging to your regional coordinator is November 21, 2016.

Sponsor: Boreal Science, a Division of VWR International Co.

How to participate
Download the National Crystal Growing Competition Handbook for information on the prizes, criteria, methods to grow the crystals, how to acquire the material for growing, evaluation criteria and registration.  


2015 Winners

Best Overall Crystals

First place: Ilias Tabiri and Esteban Rostaing of École de la Cité, Québec, Que.

Second place: Amelia Meredith, Maddie Cathcart, Carl Backmon and Andrew Jovanovich of Northern Secondary School, Toronto, Ont.

Third place: Fatemeh Ghafari of Harry Ainley High School, Edmonton, Alta.

Best Quality Crystal

Christine Lam, Amelia Ellis and Kiu Fear of Northern Secondary School, Toronto, Ont.

Best Crystal from Teacher;

Sophie Pelletier and Annick Bégin of École de la Cité, Québec, Que.

All Past Winners

International Union of Crystalography Competitions