Welcome to our schools competitions and resources pages  

The RACI is committed to providing activities and educational opportunities for the next generation of chemists in Australia, and throughout the world. Every year we organise a number of state-based and national events, competitions and activities that both assist teachers in explaining concepts and stimulate interest in science in students. 

School Competitions and Initiatives


International Chemistry Quiz (formerly known as the ANCQ)

Don't miss your opportunity to join over 100,000 students from over 20 countries in this unique chemistry educational quiz.

Secondary school students (ages 12-18) can test their Chemistry knowledge and have fun at the same time, with the quiz providing teachers a helpful tool to gauge their student's understanding of the subject. The Quiz consists of 30 multiple choice questions to be answered in 60 minutes, either in paper format or online.   

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Registrations for all our competitions can be found by Clicking the links on this page for more information. 
Titration Teacher Challenge

Can you titrate as well as your students? Registrations open Term 1 2022. 

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In addition to the ICQ, we hold three competitions for school students and an annual lecture series in each state every year. We also support teachers with the Titration Teacher Challenge, Chemistry Teacher Professional Development days, resources and training.

Titration Competition

Year 10 - 12 students can compete against students across the country in the Titration Competition. Registrations are essential!

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Certificates of Excellence

Each year we're recognising high achieving year 12 students with the RACI Certificate of Excellence in Chemistry.

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National Crystal Growing Competition

Looking for a fun and educational learning opportunity for primary and secondary school students interested in chemistry?  Register and order your Crystal Growing Kit.

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Chemistry and Art Competition

In Term 1 and 2 each year, primary and secondary students can enter the Chemistry and Art Competition by creating artworks relating to science. Register now! 

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National Lecture Series

Each year we run lectures for secondary students, designed to inspire and educate, in most states.

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The purpose of the document is to clarify the nomenclature of organic compounds in the context of the new Australian and state curriculums. In general, all curriculum nomenclature requirements are aligned with IUPAC requirements.


For each functional group, the following will be provided:
• Summary information
• Extra naming rules or conventions relevant to the functional groups
• Worked examples for naming molecules where required in any State or Territory
Selected reactions will be shown for some functional groups.

How to use this document

This document is intended for use by Australian chemistry teachers to clarify naming conventions for organic molecules. It may be used as supplementary material to support or extend students.
This document may also be useful for first year chemistry course convenors, to confirm the functional groups they would expect students to be familiar with.


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Teacher Resources

The RACI is developing a free resource database for teachers to use as a teaching aid.
It has been divided into 4 topics, and includes latest news, research articles and demonstrations that both students and teachers alike will find beneficial for their chemistry knowledge and understanding.

We will be creating these resources in 2022, with the help of our Chemical Education Groups and partner organisations. So stay tuned!


RACI's Youtube Channel

Chemistry is Magic

Dr Nathan Kilah (University of Tasmania) demonstrates the "Traffic light" reaction of indigo carmine.

Tasmanian Native Pepper Extraction

Jeremy Just (University of Tasmania) demonstrates the extraction of Tasmanian Native Pepper (Tasmannia lanceolata) using a home esp…

The Mystery of the Salt and Vinegar Chip!

Dr Nathan Kilah (University of Tasmania) explains the chemistry behind the vinegar flavour of salt and vinegar chips.

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