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 September. In 2018, the crystal growing period will run from October 9 to November 12. The deadline for submitting your crystal for judging to your regional coordinator was November 19, 2018. 

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.


2018 Winners

Best Overall Crystals

First place: Jenny Le and Richard Lee of Western Technical-Commercial School, Toronto, Ont.

Second place: Mila Gorodnichy of École Secondaire Louis Riel, Ottawa, Ont.

Third place: Ethan Gilbert of Kitchener and Waterloo Collegiate Institute, Kitchener, Ont.

Best Quality Crystal 

Ayesha Khan of Middelfield Collegiate Institute, Markham, Ont.

Best Crystal from Teacher;

Surinder Ahitan of Western Technical-Commercial School, Toronto, Ont.


Present and Past Participants and Winners

International Union of Crystalography Competitions