Crystal Growing CompetitionActivity by Ruth Meaney | added on Mar 28, 2011 | Australia
Sponsor(s): RACI Qld Chemical Education Group
The RACI Qld Crystal Growing Competition is an opportunity for students to take part in a scientific competition. The process is simple, and designed to encourage students to develop an interest in Chemistry from a young age.
Here is an opportunity for students to take part in a scientific competition. The process is simple, and designed to encourage students to develop an interest in Chemistry from a young age. Students can participate as individuals or with a friend, small groups or class groups. The competition is open to students in Grades Prep – 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 at the primary level and students in Grades 8, 9 & 10 at the secondary level. During the project, the students observe the process and write observations, and submit a 1 page report with each crystal for judging. Prizes are allocated for each grade (grades Prep – 3 are judged together). If insufficient entries are received for a grade, more than one grade may be judged together. All students participating will receive a crystal sticker and a participation certificate. The winners receive award certificates and plaques.
HOW DO YOU GROW GOOD CRYSTALS?
Crystals require between 3 - 6 weeks to grow, so it is important to begin your experiments early enough to allow time for your crystals to develop. With simple kitchen items, students can grow their first seed crystal and then with time and patience watch it grow, writing their observations as they go. The report should be age appropriate, of 1 page long, setting out the materials used (i.e. ingredients and equipment used) and then stating their observations during the project.
HOW DO YOU ENTER?
An Entry Form / Tax invoice is available on the RACI website. Here is the link.