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. Results will be posted shortly.

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.


2017 Winners

Best Overall Crystals

First place: Emily Campbell, Kaylyn Munn and Madison Gilk of Central New Brunswick Academy, New Bandon, NB.

Second place: Alexandre Perron of École Mgr-Labrie, Havre-St-Pierre, Que.

Third place: Carly Jou-Ter Woort and Sydney Fuller of Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School, Kitchener, Ont.

Best Quality Crystal

Jordon Pépin of Polyvalente des Abénaquis, St-Prosper, Que.

Best Crystal from Teacher;

Heua Baccam of École Secondaire Rivière-du-Loup, Rivière-du-Loup, Que.


Past Participants and Winners 

International Union of Crystalography Competitions