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 ran from October 10 to November 18. The deadline for submitting your crystal for judging to your regional coordinator was 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.
Best Overall Crystals
First place: Mayet Awoke, Patricia Dumlao, Samantha Laville-Dupuy and Angelica MacMullin of St-Joseph's College School, Toronto, Ont.
Second place: Travys Fauchon of Polyvalante des Abénaquis, St-Prosper, Que.
Third place: Marc-Antoine Larose of École secondaire Natagan, Barraute, Que.
Best Quality Crystal
Fiona Firby, Liz Eggertson and Linda Otamendi of Southridge School, Surrey, BC.
Best Crystal from Teacher;
Mrs. Vernonica Bacchus of St-Joseph's College School, Toronto, Ont.