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.
MUSIC MAKERS MUSIC MAKERS Music Maker Activity Card Cosmic and Gem are having breakfast with Uncle Astro. Cosmic lifts the fruit juice out of the fridge. Clunk goes the bottle as he puts it down. Gem has an idea. She begins to tap things gently with her spoon. Clink, clink, clink goes her mug. Plunk, plunk, plunk goes the teapot. Clung, clung, clung goes the fruit juice bottle. Tink, tink, tink goes Cosmic’s glass. “What a marvellous music maker you are this morning, young Gem,” says Uncle Astro, as he tips tea into the mugs. “Hey, that was a different tune! How did you do that?” asks Cosmic. MUSIC MAKERS “I don’t know,” says Gem. “I’m not sure either,” Uncle Astro adds. “Let’s find out and then we can play a tune. Cosmic fills his glass almost to the brim with orange juice. “Play it again, Gem,” he says. So Gem plays again. Chunk, chunk, chunk goes her mug. Plink, plink, plink goes the teapot. Cling, cling, cling goes the fruit juice bottle. Tunk, tunk, tunk goes Cosmic’s glass. Have you ever made music by tapping things? Gem thinks the note will be higher when the fruit juice bottle is nearly empty Cosmic thinks the note will be higher when the fruit juice bottle is nearly full Uncle Astro thinks the size of the bottle makes a difference Did you find ways to change the sound? Your challenge Find out why Gem’s tune changed and how to make music.
Discuss Talk about the best way to find out why the tune changed. What do you think? Getting started Collect glass bottles that are all the same size. Put different amounts of water in each. Tap on the bottles to see what sound they make. Can you put them in order from the lowest note to the highest? You will have made a musical instrument. MUSIC MAKERS Test your ideas Can you think of any other things that you could use to make music? What about different sized bottles? Share your ideas See if you can tap out a tune. If the sound is not quite right, try adding a little more water or taking some out to make the sound that you need. You could put your instruments on display. Try to make them look interesting by adding coloured water or by decorating them. Extra things to do Try blowing across the top of the bottles. Try tapping other things like mugs, jars, cups, glasses and flower pots. See what else you can do to make a musical sound. 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.