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
  • Improve
  • Films
  • Patterns
  • Netflix
  • Examples
  • Output
  • 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/).

Workshop 2: Machine

Workshop 2: Machine learning now Flow diagram – to be used with case studies 2 and 3 1. 1. Data (input): Place card here What is the content of the data? E.g. pictures of bees and threes from the video you watched at the beginning 5. Place card here Where does the data come from? 2. Place card here 2. Algorithm What does the machine or system do with the data? E.g. ‘Look’ for patterns in all the photos of threes and all the photos of bees 5. Feedback How does the machine use the results to improve its performance? E.g. ‘Remembers’ which answers were correct and incorrect and uses this to improve pattern recognition and identify future pictures more accurately 3. Place card here 3. Output What output does the machine produce? E.g. Sorts each photo into either bee or three 4. Test How does the machine know how well it has done? E.g. Checks if the picture has been correctly sorted by comparing its response to the responses given by a human/humans. 4. Place card here 8

Case study 2: AI duet (to be used with the basic flowchart OR flow diagram) The machine plays a tune back to the user. It looks for patterns in what rhythms and melodies people like and play. It uses this information to compose a tune to play back to the user. The machine rates its own performance based on how long people listen to the tune and how highly they rate it. The user plays a tune. The machine stores informati on about which tunes people like and the tunes they have been playing. The user listens to the tune and gives it a rating to show how much they like it. Case study 3: Factory production (to be used with the basic flowchart OR flow diagram) The machine builds the model using the pieces available. Using the stored information, the machine chooses the quickest method given the blocks available. The machine records how long it took to make the model and the method it used. It compares this to previous attempts. The more models it makes, the more information it stores. It uses this information to make better choices about the method and blocks to use next time. Pictures of blocks. The machine uses a camera to ‘see’ the blocks available. It stores information about different building methods. 9

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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