Outreach in the Community
CCDC Engagement Grants
Here are resources and ideas from engagement projects created by members of the community with the support of the CCDC Engagement Grants.
The resources are various in format and audience, thanks to the creativity of the teams that produced them. The material shared is available for use in classroom activities and in science festivals, providing acknowledgments to the authors.
Launched in 2022, the CCDC Engagement Grants contribute to our mission to advance structural science for the public benefit by supporting our community to inspire the next generation of scientists and the public by creating engaging resources.
If you have an idea or a project that might benefit from this, then find out all the details on this CCDC Engagement Grant webpage.
2023 Winners - Projects Completed by September 2024
- Alexander Derry and team – “Lego” of my medicine
- Eric Ziki and team – The importance of applications of crystallography in African society
- Hamish Yeung and team – MOF assembly – a public engagement activity about how new materials self-assemble and crystallise from their constituent molecules
- Josefina Perles and team – ECA Crystallography Video Competition
- Lawson Glasby and team – Augmented Reality Crystallography
- Siti Syaida Sirat and team – Crystal Cadets: Exploring the Magic of Crystals
- Zoran Štefanić – GUESSymmetry
2022 Winners - Projects Completed by September 2023
There's (Crystallo)chemistry Between Us!
Authors: Giuditta Cicconi and team including Alessia Bacchi and Paolo Pio Mazzeo, University of Parma (Italy)
Project: Booklet of activities and fun games, including crosswords and drawing activities, to introduce children to chemistry and crystallochemistry. Educators might also find these activities interesting for their classroom.
Language: English, Italian, German, French.
Target audience: Activities for age groups 8+, 12+, and curious people.
Downloadable resources: Booklet in PDF.
Recounting an Ancient Story of Crystallization: Saffron Rock Candy
Authors: Mohammad Salehian and team Mohammed Al Qaraghuli, Scott Hone, Catriona Clark, Daniel Markl, and Alastair Florence, University of Strathclyde (UK)
Project: Self-learning experimental kits to learn hands-on about crystallisation by creating rock candy. The kits are delivered to participating schools within the Greater Glasgow area and nationwide in the UK.
Target audience: Primary and secondary school students.
Downloadable resources: Activity poster.
CNCC: 10 años difundiendo la Cristalografía a todos los rincones del país
Authors: Natalia Alvarez and team including Leopoldo Suescun, Ivana Aguiar, Ivana Núñez, Maia Mombrú, Isabel Galain, Santiago Valiero, Carlos Yañez, Carlos Rojas, and more, Universidad de la República (Uruguay)
Project: This project will expand the long-running National Crystal Growing Competition in Uruguay to reach students in rural areas and in reclusion centres.
Target audience: Elementary and secondary school students.
Downloadable resources: Instructions in word and presentations in powerpoint.
Authors: Leonardo Feletto and Luana Scampuddu (Italy)
Project: Collection of short videos (reels) for social media. The six videos will cover a variety of crystallographic topics including stories of scientists behind important discoveries in the field, with particular focus on protein crystallography.
Language: English, Italian.
Target audience: young learners 14+ and curious people.
Online resources: videos available on social media (Instagram, TikTok) and YouTube.
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That's the Point (Group)!
Authors: Ewa Patyk-Kaźmierczak and Michał Kaźmierczak, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland).
Project: Roll-and-write board game to learn about stereographic projections of space groups and symmetry elements.
Target audience: High school and undergraduate students.
Downloadable resources: Print-and-play board game and resource with scientific background.
The Candle Light Project
Authors: Samuel Tetteh, University of Cape Coast (Ghana)
Project: In-person activities to teach students the basics of crystallography, providing a link between the microscopic and macroscopic materials. High school tutors will also receive training in crystallographic concepts to support their teaching activities.
Target audience: High school and undergraduate students (aged 16 – 22).
Downloadable resources: Where appropriate, some of the material will be made available.
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