The resources on this page have been selected to support educators in finding CREST project ideas that require little equipment, can be run outside of a lab or at home, and use equipment that doesn’t require much sharing.
Find out more about the different CREST Award levels here: CREST Awards.
At primary level, our curated home learning packs don’t require many resources so they’re perfect to use either in the classroom or at home. For Primary teachers who have CLEAPSS access, we recommend this piece on doing Practical activities within your bubble.
At secondary level, each project brief has an overall challenge, ideas for getting started and a list of resources you might need. Read the health and safety section carefully before you begin. Young people should create a plan for their project and a risk assessment before they begin any practical activity. You can use the CLEAPSS student safety sheets as well as the rest of the CLEAPSS website to help them.
If you are looking for ideas for running CREST at home, many of the below resources are suitable, and you can still access our Star and SuperStar Home Learning packs below. If you need further support, check out the CREST at home section of the Help Centre.
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Page 1 of 2 Build a pinhole camera Pinhole cameras can be made very simply, and they take reasonable pictures. But it’s a little more complicated to make a pinhole camera that takes a good picture, has an automatic shutter, has a mechanism to wind on photographic film and looks like a real camera. In this project, you’ll investigate pinhole cameras and design and build your own. Getting Started Start by carrying out some research. A great website to start from is pinhole.cz, it also has numerous links to other excellent pinhole camera websites. The website also has instructions about how to make a Dirkon Paper Camera (first published in a 1970s Czechoslovakian magazine). You could start designing your pinhole by making this and thinking about how to improve it. Browse through the various websites to find out the different ways people make pinhole cameras, then design your own. Some features you may wish to think about are: • Can your camera have a controlled, automatic shutter? • Can you build a mechanism so the camera winds on commerciallyavailable camera film? • What will you build your camera from? Will it need a case to protect it? • What is a ‘bellows’. Can you make a bellows? How? Finally, you need to think about processing your pictures. You will need to research how this is done - you could try altering different variables in the process to see what affect they have. Click to edit project description Things to think about You will also notice from your research there are a number of ways in which pinhole cameras may differ. You may wish to vary these factors and investigate the effects. For example: • Focal length • pinhole diameter • number of pinholes • image format • flat or curved film plane • type of light-sensitive material Useful Resources You should also work out how to calculate the correct exposure time for your pinhole camera. Many websites also have information about this. There’s even a pinhole designer programme that can be downloaded for free.
These challenges take about an hour each. Once you have completed eight of them you can get a CREST SuperStar Award. Start by downloading the Passport. Children can use this to record each activity they complete.
Our curated packs for home learning require very little equipment or resources, so are ideal now that you are back in the classroom. They also add flexibility as students can finish their Star or SuperStar Award at home, if needed.
Each challenge has an organiser card and an activity card. All the instructions to set up the activity are in the organiser card. Read the 'watch out' section carefully before you begin. Children can use the activity card or you can read it through together.
Find out more about Star and SuperStar levels here.
Each of these projects take between ten and thirty hours to complete. The project briefs have an overall challenge, ideas for getting started and a list of resources students might need. Before they begin, students should read the health and safety section carefully. Once students have completed their projects, they can get a CREST Discovery, Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. The amount of time spent on the project and how well they met the CREST criteria determines the level students will be awarded.
Start by downloading the relevant Workbook or Profile Form below. Young people can use these to help them complete their project and record their progress.
Young people should create a plan for their project and a risk assessment before they begin any practical activity, which should be checked by a teacher. You can use the CLEAPSS student safety sheets as well as the rest of the CLEAPSS website to help them.
For Bronze projects, once a student has completed their project, you can sign up to assess it and order their personalised certificate here. Bronze assessment is incredibly easy and can also be adapted for at-home learning if needed due to unexpected lockdowns, meaning parents can always assess when teachers cannot. Check out how to assess a Bronze project here
For Silver and Gold projects student work will need to be submitted online and will be assessed by a CREST assessor. Learn more about assessment for Silver Awards here
Find out more about Bronze level here.
Find out more about Silver level here.
Find out more about Gold level here.