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 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.
Brilliant Bubbles Activity Card Cosmic is very excited. Today is his birthday! His present is a big, bright purple bubble machine. When he turns the handle, dozens and dozens of bubbles float out into the air. Gem arrives to wish him happy birthday. Cosmic shows her how his new bubble machine works. “What lovely bubbles!” Gem shouts, as she jumps about trying to catch them. “You must be able to make different bubbles,” says Gem, peering into the end of the machine. “Perhaps there’s something wrong with it.” What do you think? “They are OK,” says Cosmic. “But they are all the same shape... And they are all the same size... And they are all the same colour. I wanted lots of different bubbles, but these are all the same.” ‘I’m not sure,” says Cosmic. Your challenge Can you find a way to blow different bubbles for Cosmic? Cosmic thinks you can make bubbles with different shapes Gem thinks you can make different size bubbles Aunt Stella thinks you can make different colour bubbles
Discuss Have you ever blown bubbles? Do you think that they were all the same? Getting started Put some bubble liquid in a bowl or tray. Use a straw to blow some bubbles. Don’t share your straw with anyone else. Dip the end of the straw in the liquid. Lift it out. Now blow down your straw to make a bubble. Try blowing gently and then blowing harder. How do the bubbles change? Test your ideas Can you think of other ways to find out about bubbles? Share your ideas You could have a bubble competition to see how many different types of bubbles you can blow. Extra things to do Find out how long you can keep a bubble before it bursts. Find out whether bubbles float or fall to the ground. Find out how long you can keep a bubble in the air. British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236
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.