Crystal Growing Competition for Schools

We are not running the crystal growing competition this year.

Hosted at the LMB between 1998 and 2015, the annual Crystal Growing Competition for Schools aimed to inspire a love of science by giving children the chance to grow crystals of potash alum.

Launched by Harry Powell, then later organised by Samantha Wynne, the competition was open to Key Stage 2 & Key Stage 3 classes throughout the East of England. Crystal growing packs were sent to all schools that entered and the pupils grew their crystals for 5 weeks between January and March each year. They tried to produce the best-looking crystal that they could, for display at the Cambridge Science Festival each March. Winning schools were then invited to bring children on a visit to the world-class MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge to experience science in action.

_O122999Pupils from Laxton Junior School viewing the crystals.

Thanks to the MRC and the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre for sponsorship.

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