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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Star Home Learning

  • Text
  • Challenges
  • Encourage
  • Hankie
  • Materials
  • Stella
  • Registered
  • Pegs
  • Cans
  • Association
  • Bubbles
  • Cosmic
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Music Maker MUSIC MAKERS

Music Maker MUSIC MAKERS Organiser’s Card About the activity This activity is designed to get children thinking about how different sounds are made. Cosmic and Gem are having breakfast with Uncle Astro. Gem is tapping things with her spoon to make sounds. Cosmic notices that the tune sounds different after he has poured fruit juice out of the bottle and the mugs are filled with tea. Through this activity you will support your group to: • Think about why the bottle makes different sounds • Test different amounts of water in bottles and observe how they change the sound • Record their results and present them to the group. Kit list • Several identical glass bottles • Additional glass or pot containers of different sizes e.g. flower pots, mugs, cups, glasses or jars • Spoons, pencils or other tappers • Tubes with one end sealed and/or bottles with narrow necks to blow across e.g. milk or water bottles. Wine bottles work best, if you wish to use them. (optional) • Food colouring (optional) What to do MUSIC MAKERS 1. Follow the instructions on the ACTIVITY CARD. Make sure you give the children time to talk about their ideas. 2. Read the story. Get the children to talk to a buddy about the ideas in the questions and the opinions of Gem, Cosmic and Uncle Astro 3. They can start by exploring what happens when you change the amount of liquid in a bottle. The children will need several bottles all of the same size and should tap them gently with a spoon. 4. You could also give them other things to explore e.g. different sized glass bottles, jars, glasses, teapots, mugs or clay plant pots? 5. Encourage the children to work together with their buddy to put the sounds in order from low to high notes. 6.Can the children create a simple tune and share it with everyone else. 7.There are follow up activities for children who want to do more finding out.

Things to think about Whenever a sound is made, something vibrates. Sound can travel through air, solid or liquid. When you tap a bottle of water, the water vibrates. The more water in the bottle, the lower the note becomes. So we can create different notes (i.e. change the pitch), by changing the amount of water in a bottle. Another way of making a sound is to blow across the top of a narrow necked bottle or tube sealed at the bottom. The sound is made by air vibrating in the bottle. The more air in the bottle, the lower the note. So a nearly full bottle makes a low note when tapped and a high note when blown across. Cracked containers or objects touching each other do not produce clear notes. It is good for children to discover this themselves. If it is affecting their exploration then it is worth pointing it out to them. Take it further Other things will produce sound when tapped, blown or plucked. Different sized tubes, clay MUSIC flowerpots, MAKERS MUSIC cups, MAKERS mugs or glass containers can all MUSIC produce different notes. String, elastic bands or rulers of different lengths make different sounds when plucked. Keywords • Sound • Vibration • Music • Pitch Watch out! Care needs to be taken when using glass. Check your organisation’s policy for using glass. Clear up water spills and breakages quickly. Encourage children to tap gently. British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236

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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