Canadian Crystal Growing Competition

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 and the objective is to grow the biggest and highest quality single crystal. 

How to participate in 2018

Download the National Crystal Growing Competition Handbook for information regarding prizes, participation, methods, materials acquisition, tips, judging criteria and registration. 

Sponsor: Boreal Science, a Division of VWR International Co.

When does it take place?

Materials are typically available to order in early September — so now! 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 is November 19, 2018. 

A picture of the 2017 best overall crystals

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, QC.

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

Best Quality Crystal

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

Best Crystal from Teacher

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