Canadian crystal growing competition

a picture of the 2018 best overall crystals

The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) National Crystal Growing Competition is a fun, hands-on experience as well as an exciting opportunity. Schools are provided with materials and instructions on how to grow crystals. The objective is to grow the biggest and highest quality single crystal.

How to participate in 2019

Download the National Crystal Growing Competition Handbook for information regarding prizes, participation, methods, materials acquisition, tips, judging criteria and registration. More information is available on the CIC website,

When does it take place?

Materials are typically available to order in early September — so now! In 2019, the crystal growing period will run from October 9 to November 12. The deadline for submitting your crystal for judging to your regional coordinator is November 18, 2019.

2018 Winners

Best Overall Crystals

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

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

Third place: Ethan Gilbert of Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School, Kitchener, Ontario.

Best Quality Crystal

Ayesha Khan of Middlefield Collegiate Institute, Markham, Ontario.

Best Crystal from Teacher

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