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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Machine Learning Bronze

This resource is published under an Attribution - non-commercial - no derivatives 4.0 International creative commons licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

Teacher guide Digital

Teacher guide Digital health In this project, focussed more widely on digital technologies supporting healthcare (not only those using AI), students will choose a recent digital healthcare development to research, such as telemedicine, web-based analysis, email, mobile phones and applications, text messages, wearable devices, and clinic or remote monitoring sensors. Students will research the use of digital technologies in healthcare delivery, with particular focus on the development of interconnected health systems utilising smart devices and data analysis to aid healthcare professionals and patients to both manage illnesses and health risks, and promote health and wellbeing. Students will be challenged to evaluate the potential of the latest developments in digital healthcare, and investigate the wider impact this might have. Prompts • Can you word your project title as a question? What are you trying to find out? • What issues are there with digital technology in healthcare? Healthcare is a service, so remember to think not only about whether the technology will work, but also how patients might react. • What factors might influence the decision to use a digital healthcare tool? Think about cost, timesaving, ease of use, trust and reliability. • How might new technological developments, like AI and machine learning, bring further changes in future? 6

Student brief Digital health Digital technologies are already transforming our healthcare systems. In the future, new developments, including those using AI and machine learning, have the potential to lead to faster and more accurate clinical decision making, making medicine more personalised and precise, as well as increasing and improving research and development. Imagine you work in a busy GP surgery. You have too many patients and not enough doctors and nurses. Other surgeries in your area are starting to use digital healthcare tools like telemedicine, healthcare apps, online services, wearable devices and remote monitoring sensors to reduce the workload of surgery staff. Your boss has asked you to look into these tools and produce a report explaining how they work and evaluating the pros and cons of the most promising tools. Getting started In this project you will select a range of new developments in digital technology to investigate, finding out how they work. You will then select one to focus on in more depth, and evaluate its potential utility, limitations, advantages and disadvantages. Start by finding out what telemedicine, mHealth and wearable devices there are. You could read up online using one of the links below or see if you can interview someone at a local surgery or hospital about what new technology they are using. Things to think about • What technology does this tool use? Does it incorporate AI or machine learning? • As well as thinking about the immediate impact on the patient, you might like to look into the long term implications of your chosen technology. Could the data be used to improve treatments or understand more about the causes in the future? • Does your technology protect patient privacy? • Not everyone is tech savvy. Would your technology exclude certain patients? • There are so many healthcare tools out there, how will doctors and patients know yours can be trusted? • How might technologies like AI bring further changes in future? Useful resources Find out what the NHS has to say about digital healthcare • https://digital.nhs.uk/services/nhs-appslibrary • https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/onlineversion/chapter-5-digitally-enabled-carewill-go-mainstream-across-the-nhs/ Healthcare apps apptentive.com/blog/2017/05/25/5-appschanging-healthcare-in-2017/ Digital health in the UK https://www2.deloitte.com/uk/en/pages/lifesciences-and-healthcare/articles/digitalhealth-in-the-uk.html Data privacy and digital healthcare https://www.medicaldevicenetwork.com/features/data-privacyadvertising-amazon-and-artificial-intelligence/ 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/Stu dent-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. 7

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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