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.
PEGGY PROBLEM Peggy Problem PEGGY PROBLEM Organiser’s Card PEGGY PROBLEM About the activity This activity is designed to get children thinking about grip and strength. It’s washing day at Aunt Stella’s house. She cleans her clothes and then hangs them on the line to dry. The wet clothes keep falling off the line. Cosmic and Gem decide to try to find out which are the best clothes pegs for her to use. Will some clothes pegs be grippier than others? PEGGY PROBLEM Through this activity you will support your group to: • Think about what makes a peg work well • Test different types of pegs and observe how strong they are • Record their results and share them with the group. Kit list • Different types of clothes pegs (use pegs that children have brought in from home if possible) • Long socks • Lots of sand • Small cups for filling the socks • Dustpan and brush • Bowls and floor covering to catch the sand What to do 1. Follow the instructions on the ACTIVITY CARD. Give the children time to talk about their ideas. 2. Read the story. Get the children to talk about the questions and the opinions of Gem, Cosmic and Aunt Stella. 3. Talk through the idea of testing the pegs by adding sand to a sock on a washing line. 4.You could let them think of other ways of testing the clothes pegs. 5. Discuss safety issues. See safety notes overleaf for more details. 6.Talk together about what they have found out. Were some pegs better than others? Did everyone get the same result? 7.Let the children show their findings by drawing a picture or poster or using the winners’ podium. If painting, encourage them to add as much detail as possible. They could use the winners’ podium to share their results. 8.There are follow up activities for children who want to do more and earn a bonus sticker.
Things to think about Make sure that the children empty the sock as much as they can each time to try to keep the test fair. Otherwise get a collection of socks and use a new one each time. Test the socks to check that the sand does not leak out! The first pegs were probably sticks with a slit in one end used by fishermen hanging their washing on the rigging while out at sea. It wasn’t until the ‘spring-clamp’ was invented in 1853 that pegs started to resemble those we use today. It is important that the children are able to feel like ‘real scientists’ during this activity and know that their own ideas are important too. If children do come up with their own tests, try to let them have a go provided you have the equipment and the test is safe. Take it further Pegs can be tested in many other ways. For example, measuring the clamping pressure of sprung pegs. You can do this by attaching the pegs to plasticine and measuring the depth of the indentation. Keywords PEGGY PROBLEM • Grip PEGGY PROBLEM • Weight • Spring • Pegs Watch out! Put a bowl underneath the washing line for the sand-filled socks to fall into. Be careful where you hang the line so that children cannot run into it. Keep the line low so that the socks do not have too far to fall and the children can reach it easily. Children should be careful when handling pegs, particularly those with spring hinges, to avoid getting fingers and skin trapped. Children should be reminded not to rub their eyes when they are handling the sand and to wash their hands afterwards. 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.