These CREST challenges and project ideas have been selected from our library to be used at home with parental support or set as teacher facilitated distance learning projects.
Find out more about the different CREST Award levels here: CREST Awards.
At secondary level, each project brief has an overall challenge, ideas for getting started and 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 to help them.
If you need some help getting started, check out the CREST at home section of the Help Centre here.
Find more STEM activities to support home learning here: STEM home learning resources.
Health and Safety Science project work is both dynamic and exciting but can also carry some risk. 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; • 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 your teacher agrees with your plan and risk assessment. Remember! Science isn’t just about data. The most successful projects will demonstrate good communication skills and show original ideas that address a real-world problem. Look at the world around you and consider all the innovative ways that you could address the challenge. Even if things go wrong, use this to show what you have learned. Don’t forget to use the student profile form to help structure your project. Remember, you should never carry out tasting experiments in a laboratory or using lab equipment. Click to edit project description
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.
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.
Here you will find ideas for completing a STEM project at home. Each of these projects takes about ten - thirty hours to complete. Once your child has completed their project they can get a CREST Bronze or Silver Award. Start by downloading the Bronze Workbook or Profile Form. Young people can use these to help them complete their project and record their progress.
Each project brief has an overall challenge, ideas for getting started and 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 to help them.
For Bronze projects, once your child has completed their project, you can sign up to assess it and order their personalised certificate here. For Silver projects your child's project work will need to be submitted and assessed by a trained assessor. Learn more about assessment for Silver Awards here.
Bronze assessment is incredibly easy, and can be adapted for at-home learning. Check out how to assess a Bronze project here.
Find out more about Bronze level here.
Find out more about Silver level here.