Crystal Growing Competition
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for the NT Crystal Growing flyer
Click here for the NT Crystal Growing Entry forms
ACT Dates and Contacts
|Fri, 1 July 2016||Crystals to be grown in class from Term 2, until Friday 1 July||Ashraf Ghanem
NSW Dates and Contacts
|Fri, 30 June 2017||Crystals to be grown in class from Term 2, until Friday 1 July||Jenny Jones
QLD Dates and Contacts
|Tue, 18 April 2017||Crystals to be grown in class during Term 2, and received by Wednesday 12 July.||Ruth Meaney
SA Dates and Contacts
|Fri, 26 August 2016||Ian McMahon
TAS Dates and Contacts
|TBA||Crystals to be grown in class from Term 2, and submitted by September 18.||Damien Blackwell
VIC Dates and Contacts
|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
WA Dates and Contacts
|Fri, 14 October 2016||Crystals to be grown in class from Term 3, and submitted by October 14, 2016.||Mauro Mocerino