Welcome back to all teachers and students as they return to classrooms across the UK. 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 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 now that you are back in the classroom. They also add flexibility, allowing students to finish their Star or SuperStar Award at home if needed
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 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.
Generating questions for CREST This document is intended to help CREST students who may be struggling to come up with a project idea and to help them generate a question that is relevant to them and their daily lives. Using this document you’ll be able to narrow down areas and topics that interest you, coming up with a question that is relevant to both the world around you, and your every day life. CREST is all about tackling an issue that interests you, so use this document to find something that inspires you to learn more! “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!” but rather, “hmm… that’s funny…” – Isaac Asimov The problem A scientific problem always starts with a question, but sometimes it can be difficult to figure out how to ask an effective question. To help you generate questions for a CREST project, start with something that is relevant to you – it can be something of interest, something that is happening around you, or an activity or experience closer to home. These factors are in no particular order and can be applied separately or linked together if it works for you. Take a look at the diagram below and use it to come up with a broad problem that you think you would like to complete a CREST project on. INTEREST What are you passionate about? What topics are you drawn to or which interests do you spend the most time on? In which field would you want to contribute? Can you name three areas where you are especially interested? PERSONAL EXPERIENCE What could make your life easier everyday? What could have helped your friend or a loved one during a challenging time? What experience would have been different if a certain solution was made available? CURRENT EVENTS What is a prevalent problem in your local community or school? What are the causes for a particular challenge in your day-today life? What change could make your situation better? Did you want to improve on a current technology?
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.