In this annual competition held during September – December 2010, teams of students from 14 local section high schools grew crystals of Copper Sulfate over a period of five weeks. At the end of the growing period, two crystals from each school were submitted for judging, based on criteria such as crystal clarity, mass and form. Copper sulfate used to prepare the crystals was generously donated by Anachemia Science.
Seventy two students from the regional schools representing school boards from the Peel District, Toronto District and Durham region took part in the competition. CIC Toronto local section coordinators Dr. Ravi Ramachandran and Eric Persson visited winners at their schools to present the trophies in each category for the winning school, CICTor medals and award certificates.
The winners of 2010-2011 CIC Toronto section contest are:
- BEST QUALITY: Helen (Han) Li, Lulu (Fang Jun) Zhang – Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute
- BEST OVERALL: Sanjeev Narayanaswamy – George S Henry Academy
Furthermore, we should all be proud that the best overall crystal from our local section also won 3rd place in the best overall category at the Canada-Wide Crystal Growing Competition.
Students and their teachers were very pleased to receive their awards in person. Describing her student’s participation, Ms Karen Kam, science teacher at Stephen Leacock Collegiate said “As teacher-mentors for the National Crystal Growing Competition, it was an absolute inspiration to witness the hard work and dedication put forth by our students in this task. The experience proved to be not only enjoyable for the students participating, but also invaluable to the further development of their laboratory skills.“