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 Clean Growth How could you heat and light your home or school if the power was cut off? In order to combat climate change, we need to move towards a low carbon, more resource efficient way of life. We need to develop new technologies for energy generation as well as products and services which ensure everyone has access to sustainable and affordable energy. That means using renewable sources of energy, reducing waste and improving efficiency to reduce our energy use. In future, energy might be produced more locally using solar panels, wind turbines or biogas generators. As well as generating energy, the development of battery technology is vital to ensure that energy is available when it is needed. This will affect homes and schools too. Improvements in the design and construction of buildings will help us reduce the amount of energy we need. The government has announced a mission to halving the energy we use in new buildings by 2030. It has also announced plans to hold a competition to design a home of the future – to build more energy efficient homes for all generations, with high quality affordable design. What would your ideal home of the future be like? 8
The Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges Student handout Future of Mobility Would you travel on a bus powered by human waste? Everyone needs to be able to get around – from travelling to school or work to visiting friends or going to the shops. We’re reliant on our transport systems to get from A to B. But it isn’t just people that need to move around, products need moving too – from warehouses to shops or direct to your home. Planning for the movement of people, goods and services around our towns, cities and countryside is a big challenge. Solutions might include driverless cars, more shared transport, electric bikes, drone delivery, low carbon air travel and using mobile apps to get people walking more. The important thing is to ensure that transport is available when we want it, where we want it and how we want it. Future mobility solutions must also meet the needs of everyone including older people and those with disabilities who might currently find it more difficult to travel around. How would you improve the transport in your local area? 9
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.