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.
The Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges Student handout The four Grand Challenges of the UK’s Industrial Strategy are Ageing Society, AI & Data, Clean Growth and Future of Mobility – four global trends that the Government believe the UK should be at the forefront of tackling today and in the future. It is hard to imagine any part of our lives which won’t be affected by one of these Grand Challenges in some way. They will affect the jobs we do, the homes we live in, how we get around, how we spend our money and the design and manufacture of the products we use. By exploring them further you will be helping to identify the challenges and opportunities they present and come up with new products, business ideas, original research and communication campaigns to improve the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. Ageing Society What would you do to help us all age better? How do you think your life will be different to that of your parents or grandparents? The UK population is ageing – with 1 in 3 babies born today expected to live to a 100 – this will have an impact on everyone, not just older people. We’re living longer, but we need to do more to improve our quality of life – we want everyone to age better. This might affect the skills you need throughout a longer career, how you will care for an older relative, the type of home you live in and who you live with. As people live longer, older people will be a much bigger market for new products, technology and services, to help healthy ageing and living independently. Technology could help people live healthier lives, work more efficiently, give them better access to services and could even help care for older people. New home designs might need to accommodate more multigenerational families, transport will need to be more accessible and solutions found to combat loneliness and isolation in old age. We have an obligation to help our older citizens lead independent, fulfilled lives, continuing to contribute to society. If we succeed, we will create services, technologies and products which work for everyone, regardless of age. 6
The Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges Student handout Artificial Intelligence and Data Would you trust a computer to buy clothes for you? If you shop online, you might find that intelligent computer systems are already influencing your decisions. Artificial intelligence (AI) is when a computer thinks and makes decisions like a human being. These decisions might be too difficult or time consuming for humans or just too mundane. The more data we give the computer, the better the decision it can make, very often this is a better and much faster decision than any human could make. AI is the foundation of smart technologies, such as driverless cars and personal digital assistants and it also might affect what you see on your social media feed and recommendations on shopping sites. These technologies are already a part of your life and are starting to transform the global economy. They can identify better ways of doing complex tasks – from helping doctors diagnose medical conditions more effectively to allowing people to communicate across the globe using instantaneous speech recognition and translation software. However, with new technology come concerns about security of data and the limits of machines. The more data that is collected the higher the risk that it could be used in way that is unethical or puts lives at risk. What would you not trust a computer to do for you? 7
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.