The finale of the 13th Singapore National Crystal Growing Challenge was held at NUS Chemistry on Sat, 26 May 2018. This is a biennial event for secondary school, junior college and polytechnic students. During the crystal growing process, the students learn about the chemical processes behind the crystallisation and the science and art behind the marvelous crystals that we encounter on a daily basis.
A total of 109 teams from 47 schools participated in the challenge in 2018. This year, the students presented ammonium cobalt (II) sulphate hexahydrate crystals for the Junior category and sodium zinc sulphate tetrahydrate crystals for the Senior category. In the Open category, they were challenged to grow a “Crystal Tree”. Their months of hard work was showcased at the NUS Chemistry Teaching laboratories for judging. During the educational session, the participants attended a special lecture on Gemology by Mr Tay Kunming, Gemologist, Director of Far East Gems and Jewellery and Far East Gemological Institute, as well as a special talk by Prof Goh Say Song, Vice Dean, Outreach and Admissions, who gave an overview of programmes offered by NUS Faculty of Science.
The event was culminated with the presentation of token appreciation to Mr Tay Kunming, Judges (Prof J.J. Vittal, Prof J. Sivaraman, Dr Rowan Young, Dr Emelyn Tan, Dr Stephen Chui, and Ms Tan Geok Kheng), as well as presentation of awards to the winners by Mr Tay Kunming, Prof Richard Wong, and Prof Goh Say Song.
Thank you to all schools for participating and Heartiest Congratulations to the winners!
Other photos from the event are here: #ChemNUS