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.
Teacher guide How can you create a trustworthy machine? Based on the current growth of machine learning and AI technologies across the globe, it is very likely that in the future these tools will be embedded into our everyday lives. In this project, students will investigate the levels of trust people have in machines making decisions about their lives, including which decisions they would be more comfortable with a machine making and how useful it would be. Students will be challenged to develop a survey asking people about their views on this. They will then design a way to communicate their findings to developers who work on artificially intelligent computer systems. Prompts • What do you need to understand about machine learning and AI in order to carry out this project? • What makes systems trustworthy or not? • How much do your audience know about machine learning? • What are people’s main concerns about machine learning? • How important is it to ask the public what they think? 12
Student brief How can you create a trustworthy machine? Project brief In this project you will select a target audience and create a survey to find out what they know & feel about machine learning and what would be needed to create machine learning systems that people trust. You will then use your survey findings to make recommendations to developers to ensure artificially intelligent computer systems are trustworthy. Consider the following questions. How far would you trust a machine to: • Help with your shopping? • Teach you a foreign language? • Diagnose an illness? • Post photos on your social media page? • Drive your car? For each one, consider how useful it would be for a machine to carry out the task and what value or risks there might be in using these systems. You need to find out how other people feel about machine learning and what they would consider a ‘trustworthy’ machine too. Do some research into machine learning to find out what it is, how it relates to people’s lives and what people might have different views about. What might computers be able to do for us in the future? What might the risks or opportunities be? Next you need to create your survey. Make sure your questions are balanced and unbiased. Think of ways you could make your survey interesting and engaging and allow people to express their views on a scale. Once you have collected together the responses you will need to present the results and recommendations in an informative way. Useful resources • What is machine learning? https://royalsociety.org/topicspolicy/projects/machine-learning/what-ismachine-learning-infographic/ • Machine learning in the world around you royalsociety.org/topicspolicy/projects/machine-learning/machinelearning-in-the-world-around-youinfographic/ • How to design a survey https://www.sciencebuddies.org/sciencefair-projects/references/how-to-design-asurvey 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 using http://science.cleapss.org.uk/Resources /Student-Safety-Sheets/ to 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 there is plenty of space to work. • Clear up slip or trip hazards promptly. • Make sure your teacher agrees with your plan and risk assessment. 13
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.