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.
Instructions for teachers These resources will help your students explore the four Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges and the impact they have on lives now and in the future: • Ageing Society • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data • Clean Growth • Future of Mobility The resources in this pack have been developed with some of our partners, who have kindly contributed resources on the Grand Challenge topics. In this pack you will also find pages that can be used as a handouts for students. These are indicated in the titles and contents page. Choosing a project We want young people to use their project to explore innovative ideas and solutions. Encourage them to consider local and personal connections with the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges. What do they imagine the future could be like? What problems might arise with new technology and these changes in society? What most interests and excites them? Students can use the project ideas on pages 11-18 as inspiration or use the activity on page 5 to help them design their own project around the theme and topic which most interests them. They could work individually or in small groups on the same project. Resources There are new developments around these areas all the time. The resource links on the project pages give a starting point for students to research but they could also search local and national news articles for more recent developments on each theme. Project outcomes Your students could design and make a new product, carry out a practical investigation, do a research project or create a communication campaign for their target audience. Encourage them to consider the impact of their project on people’s lives now and in the future. Students should record their work in a final project report or presentation. Supporting students to complete their project Each project should involve approximately 70 hours of student work from start to finish. The project should be led by the students. As a teacher or mentor your role is to: • Act as a sounding board for students’ ideas and nurture the students’ work • Check your students’ project plans before they begin the next stage • Help students see mistakes and setbacks as an opportunity for positive learning and lateral thinking (leading to creativity) • Where relevant, support students to access professionals or experts who could support them • Provide access to the Internet, library books and magazines • Help students to complete their project and record their findings • Encourage them to reflect on their own performance and learning Use the tips on page 10 to help students complete their CREST Gold project report. Health and safety Students should be encouraged to make their own risk assessment before they carry out any activity, including surveys. They can use the CLEAPSS student safety sheets to help them science.cleapss.org.uk/Resources/Student- Safety-Sheets/. They should write out their project plan, identifying the risks involved in each stage and the control measures and precautions they will take. In all circumstances this must be checked by a competent person. Students using specialised equipment should be supervised at all times. Students may want to set up unorthodox experiments and you may need to seek specialist advice. Contact CLEAPSS directly cleapss.org.uk for advice if you are unsure. Teachers in Scotland should refer to SSERC www.sserc.org.uk. Unless stated, no external links have been checked by CLEAPSS. Safety checked but not trialled by CLEAPSS. Photo credit: Diana Novikova 4
Get your students thinking about the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges 1. What do you know already? Collect 2-3 images relating to each of the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenge themes. Ask students to discuss what words, themes and topics are represented in the images. Ask them to think of other similar examples, encouraging them to consider things which are local and personally relevant to them. You could ask students to collect and add their own images but using examples from their local area, community, interests and hobbies. They should provide an explanation for each one including why they have chosen it. Alternatively, you could use news articles and headlines and ask students to research other examples in the local and national press. Photo credit: Diana Novikova 2. Connecting questions In small groups of 3 or 4, ask students to list the things that are important to them in their everyday lives and write these on cards. Ask them to consider each one in turn and think about how it might be affected by the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges. Challenge them to come up with a question to frame their investigation. E.g. Could an artificially intelligent machine replace my sports coach? 3. Where do you stand? Using some of the questions students have generated, ask students to decide where they stand on the issues and to explain their position. Challenge them to think of other potential dilemmas linked to the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges. 5 4. Selecting a project idea Ask students to create a mind map to show how the four themes link to their lives and interests before deciding which ideas they are most interested in investigating further. They could choose a project from the ideas in this pack or come up with their own idea linked to their interests. Make sure they check through their plan for how they will approach the project with a teacher of mentor before they begin.
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
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Find out more about Gold level here.