SSPC and iCRAG National Crystal Growing Competition 2023
The SSPC/iCRAG National Crystal Growing Competition is now open. This competition challenges students to grow a single crystal using commonly-found home ingredients or laboratory materials.
Closing date: Friday, April, 28, 2023
Who can take part?: The competition is open to both primary and post-primary school students as teams or individuals. The winners will be judged by SSPC and iCRAG scientists. We have great prizes this year, 1st place: iPad and two runners up prizes: Action Cameras.
Teacher/parent supervision is required for crystallisation of compounds other than those salt and sugar, or those listed in our booklet below. Please view the Material Safety Data Sheets for Health and Safety instructions and indications for materials available for download on this website.
Safety Data Sheets
Submit a photo of your crystal including weight to [email protected] by April, 28, 2023 along with this form:
Our team has featured on RTE’s Late Late Show more than 3 times with many appearances on news and radio to tell our story and passion in the area. We ran a #Sites4Science campaign that brought science to the city and a Backyard Science challenge for primary school students at home. This was developed to address the lack of STEM education available during the COVID-19 pandemic, running throughout the month of June.
A major output of our activities in the EPE space covers 12 peer-reviewed publications, 20+ articles in Chemistry in Action and Science teacher journals in >650 secondary schools across Ireland and Europe. During Science week, SSPC featured in a special issue of Newsflash, a science magazine educating >6,000 primary school pupils. We are currently running a Citizen’s Science Handwashing experiment across Irish secondary schools.
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