These CREST challenges and project ideas have been selected from our library to be used at home with parental support or set as teacher facilitated distance learning projects.
Find out more about the different CREST Award levels here: CREST Awards.
At secondary level, each project brief has an overall challenge, ideas for getting started and 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 to help them.
If you need some help getting started, check out the CREST at home section of the Help Centre here.
Find more STEM activities to support home learning here: STEM home learning resources.
The CREST Bronze Award at home: Parents’ Guide Introduction to the CREST Bronze Award CREST Bronze Awards introduce children to the language and methods of project work. Young people are asked to come up with the question they want to answer, the method they want to use to find that answer, and then report back on their findings, using the scientific framework of investigation. The main characteristics of a successful Bronze project are that they: • Involve a minimum of 10 hours of work on one project area; • Use scientific and/or technical knowledge appropriate to children aged 11 to 14; • Allow children to share their project outcomes with their peers (e.g. display, assembly, poster); • Can be supported by parents in several ways: allowing their children to make decisions for themselves, supporting them to plan and review their progress regularly and supporting them to maintain the pace of progress. At the end of your child’s project, you will assess it using the CREST assessment criteria – a simple grid that asks you to reflect on your child’s use of the scientific method and how well they have communicated their work. Look on the CREST Awards website for further information about project ideas, health and safety information, and how to support your child. www.crestawards.org
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.
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.
Here you will find ideas for completing a STEM project at home. Each of these projects takes about ten - thirty hours to complete. Once your child has completed their project they can get a CREST Bronze or Silver Award. Start by downloading the Bronze Workbook or Profile Form. Young people can use these to help them complete their project and record their progress.
Each project brief has an overall challenge, ideas for getting started and 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 to help them.
For Bronze projects, once your child has completed their project, you can sign up to assess it and order their personalised certificate here. For Silver projects your child's project work will need to be submitted and assessed by a trained assessor. Learn more about assessment for Silver Awards here.
Bronze assessment is incredibly easy, and can be adapted for at-home learning. Check out how to assess a Bronze project here.
Find out more about Bronze level here.
Find out more about Silver level here.