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Crystal Growing Competition

2017

 

Click here for results from the 2016 Crystal Growing Competition

All schools are invited to be part of the National Crystal Growing Competition.

Do you want to have fun with science? Would you like to do some simple chemical experiments? Then enter the RACI Crystal Growing Competition and learn all about growing beautiful crystals.

Crystals are everywhere. Just think of our daily lives. Sugar and salt are crystals. LCD computer and TV screens have many tiny crystals inside. Where else can you find crystals? How about your classroom?

The aim of the competition is to grow your very own crystals in six weeks.

Crystals to be judged in two (2) categories for each age division:

  • ALUM – The best single crystal of (potash) alum (potassium aluminium sulphate dodecahydrate).
  • OPEN – The best single crystal of any substance that can be safely sent through the mail.

Crystals will be judged in two (2) age divisions:

  • Primary– all years up to Grade 6
  • Secondary– all years up to Grades 7 – 12

Crystals may be grown by individuals or small groups, or class groups.  One (1) winning crystal and two (2) runners up will be chosen for each age division and category.  Crystals will be judged on clarity, shape, smooth faces, and straight and sharp edges.

Each region has different rules on how to enter the crystals for judging, so ensure that you read the rules for your local competition first.  Each state/territory judging panel may choose up to seven (7) crystals per age division and category to submit to the National Competition judging panel.

 

NT Dates and Contacts 

The NT Crystal Growing competition will take place during Term 2, the closing date for entries is Tuesday 20 June 2017.  For any enquiries please contact Diane Purcell at diane.purcell@cdu.edu.au

Click here for the NT Crystal Growing flyer

Click here for the NT Crystal Growing Entry forms

 

 

ACT Dates and Contacts
Date Location Contact
Fri, 1 July 2016 Crystals to be grown in class from Term 2, until Friday 1 July Ashraf Ghanem
crystalgrowingcompetition@yahoo.com.au
NSW Dates and Contacts
Date Location Contact
Fri, 30 June 2017 Crystals to be grown in class from Term 2, until Friday 1 July Jenny Jones
jennyjonesdr@gmail.com
QLD Dates and Contacts
Date Location Contact
Tue, 18 April 2017 Crystals to be grown in class during Term 2, and received by Wednesday 12 July. Ruth Meaney
qld-raci@raci.org.au
SA Dates and Contacts
Date Location Contact
Fri, 26 August 2016 Ian McMahon
ian.mcmahon@thebartonsc.sa.edu.au
TAS Dates and Contacts
Date Location Contact
TBA Crystals to be grown in class from Term 2, and submitted by September 18. Damien Blackwell
Damien.Blackwell@environment.tas.gov.au
VIC Dates and Contacts
Date Location Contact
Fri, 30 June 2017 Crystals to be grown in class during Term 3, with photos and reports submitted by Friday 22 September 2017 Melissa Johnson
raci-vic@raci.org.au
WA Dates and Contacts
Date Location Contact
Fri, 14 October 2016 Crystals to be grown in class from Term 3, and submitted by October 14, 2016. Mauro Mocerino
M.Mocerino@curtin.edu.au