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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Page 1 of 2 Make a skateboard In this project you will design, make and test a skateboard. You will research skateboards designs – their shapes, the materials they are made from and factors effecting performance. You will research how skateboards are tested. Finally, you will design, build and test your own skateboard thinking about how it could be mass produced. Getting started List all the things you already know about skateboards. Collect a few examples to investigate more closely. Research Carry out some research into skateboard design and how they vary. Find out about the different components - how are they manufactured and designed? What different shapes and sizes are skateboards available in? Research the science behind skateboarding and what affects performance. You need to decide which materials will be best to make your skateboard deck. Use databases and other resources to find out properties of materials, and design and carry out some tests to see what’s most suitable. For example, the deck must be strong and rigid, and the surface finish must have good grip, be waterproof and be hardwearing. Design Use your research to come up with a design for your skateboard. If you plan to make the skateboard you will need to think about the ease of sourcing and shaping the materials. Making the product If you have the time and resources, you should try to make your design. You will have to carry out a lot of research to find out about techniques used for cutting, shaping and joining materials. Click to edit project description Make sure you complete a thorough risk assessment before using tools and before testing your product. Mass production If you manage to successfully make a prototype skateboard deck you could research how you might mass produce it. Think about how the manufacturing process would change if you had to make your product in batches of 500. Things to think about How will you safely design, make and test your skateboard? Which design or materials make the "best" skateboard? Is the "best" skateboard easily mass produced, or would another design or material be better? Could you automate any of the processes? Could Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) be used to improve the process? Useful resources Contact skateboard manufacturers to find out how they test their boards Speak to your D&T departments to see if they have any materials that you can use. Local hardware and specialist stores may also be able to help.
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.
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