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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Machines of the future student pack

  • Text
  • Workshop
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  • Films
  • Patterns
  • Netflix
  • Examples
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  • Flowchart
  • Bees
  • Threes
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/).

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Workshop 3: Teach a machine Instructions In this workshop you will experiment with machine learning using a range of different AI powered tools. 1. Open Quick Draw: quickdraw.withgoogle.com/ 1. Launch the experiment and spend 5 minutes exploring what it can do. 1. Choose another one of the tools below and do the same. • Teachable Machine: teachablemachine.withgoogle.com/ • Teachable Machine (demo version): teachablemachine.withgoogle.com/v1 • Shadow Art: shadowart.withgoogle.com/ • Imaginary Soundscape: www.imaginarysoundscape.net/ • Giorgio Cam: experiments.withgoogle.com/giorgio-cam 4. In your group, for each tool discuss the questions below. • What does the tool do? • What type of data does the tool use (images, audio, text)? • What is the tool programmed to do? • How do you provide data to the tool? • How does the tool use the data you provide? • How does the tool improve over time? • What data does it have? 10

Planning guide Your challenge: Design a household product that uses machine learning Get started Start by brainstorming ideas. Think about some of the different elements of home life that machine learning could help with. • Chores: What repetitive tasks do you or your family do around the house? Is there a way a machine could learn to do that task? Could it be automated? • Security: What security issues do you have in your neighbourhood? Is there a way that data could be used to help? • Communication: Machine learning is already being used in home communication tools, to help people control their heating and security features remotely, to interact with entertainment devices like the TV or playing music. What other ways could machine learning streamline and improve communication with household devices? Still stuck for ideas? Take a look at some of these ideas for inspiration: • Systems that make recommendations, suggesting products or services that you might like. Like Amazon making book recommendations based on your previous choices, or Spotify suggesting songs you might like based on what you have already listened to. • Systems that organise, such as spam filters or search engines. This often works by looking for patterns e.g. words or phrases. When you search for something online the search engine does not only look for the words you input, but it may also look for words that are associated with the words you typed in. • Voice recognition and response such as virtual personal assistants. Like Alexa or Google Home answering questions, setting alarms or carrying out tasks, using loads of data from other people asking the same things, these assistants can improve their ability to successfully identify what is being asked of them and complete it in an appropriate way. TIP! Your product needs to learn rules from examples or experience. Think about whether your idea is really using machine learning. https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/projects/machine-learning/what-ismachine-learning-infographic/ 11

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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