Low-resource or low equipment sharing resources


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 further advice on how to get started with CREST, visit our help centre and check out our FAQs.

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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iLEAPS climate science Silver resources

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Go green Project brief

Go green Project brief Cities are both one of the biggest causes of climate change and one of the most affected areas. Green spaces and ‘greening the urban environment’ have a number of environmental benefits, including providing refuge from air pollution and cooling temperatures in cities. In this project, you will design your own green urban space and think about the best way to communicate your ideas, Imagine you are a city planner who has been asked to add a green space in the city. The space will counteract air pollution, help cool the city and provide a green environment for people to travel through and spend time in. First, carry out some research on green spaces, including their benefits and what they usually contain. This might include specific plants and water spots. Get an idea of where you’d like your green space to be, and why. Once you have an idea of what you’d like to be included in your green space, draw some designs of how you’d like it to look and what materials you’d like to use. You probably need a few different designs to ensure you get the most out of the green space. Once you have chosen your design and materials, think about creating it either as a model or using a design programme on the computer. You ideally want to find the best way to present your ideas. Create a proposal for the council of the city you have chosen, explaining the research and science behind your ideas. Think about the best way to present these ideas, including the background to the research. Things to think about • What green spaces already exist in your chosen city? • How will you sell the idea of your green space? • What key information are the council likely to need to persuade them to choose your green space? • Will you need planning permission for your green space? • Think about the benefits your green space will provide – could different elements of the green space provide different benefits? Useful resources Urban green spaces: who.int/sustainabledevelopment/cities/healthrisks/urban-green-space/en/ Research on urban cooling: forestresearch.gov.uk/research/urba n-trees-and-greenspace-in-achanging-climate/the-role-of-urbantrees-and-greenspaces-in-urbanclimate-regulation/ Planning for green infrastructure: interregeurope.eu/fileadmin/user_upl oad/tx_tevprojects/library/file_15511 05810.pdf Planting greenery on roofs: domain.com.au/news/plantinggreenery-on-roofs-can-help-improveair-quality-inside-buildings-study- 829794/ Urban trees: fastcompany.com/40589994/urbantrees-can-store-almost-as-muchcarbon-as-tropical-rainforests Urban trees: mnn.com/earthmatters/climateweather/blogs/trees-are-not-sosecret-weapon-keeping-our-citiescool Health and safety To avoid any accidents, make sure you stick to the following health and safety guidelines before Getting started: • Find out if any of the materials, equipment or methods are hazardous by using science.Cleapss.Org.Uk/resources/ student-safety-sheets/ • Assess the risks (think about what could go wrong and how serious it might be) • Decide what you need to do to reduce any risks (such as wearing personal protective equipment, knowing how to deal with emergencies and so on) • Make sure your teacher agrees with your plan and risk assessment. 10

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Challenges for ages 5-11


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.


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Projects for ages 11-18


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.


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