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 PEGGY PROBLEM Activity Card Aunt Stella looks out of her kitchen window. “Warm and windy . . . looks like the perfect washing day,” she declares as she rolls up her sleeves to wash her clothes. PEGGY PROBLEM When they are all clean, she carries the heavy, wet pile outside to hang on the washing line to dry. Cosmic and Gem’s friendly faces appear at the garden gate. “Just in time to help,” Aunt Stella smiles and soon the washing line is filled with brightly coloured T-shirts, socks, skirts and jumpers. The three of them head into the house for a well-deserved glass of apple juice. “Oh no!” Cosmic shouts with surprise, “Some of the clothes have fallen off the line onto the grass! I don’t think your clothes pegs are grippy enough for the heavy, wet clothes.” “We’ve got different clothes pegs at home, perhaps they would be better,” suggests Gem, looking thoughtful. “We could test them for you, Aunt Stella,” they offer eagerly. Aunt Stella thinks a peg with a spring will have the most grip Cosmic thinks all the plastic pegs will have a tight grip Gem thinks wooden pegs might be better as she thinks wood is stronger Have you ever helped to hang clothes out to dry at home? What type of clothes pegs did you use? Your challenge Hunt for different types of clothes pegs and find out which are good for keeping washing on the line.
Discuss Plan with a buddy how you can test different clothes pegs. How are you going to find out which pegs are strong and grip things well? Getting started Collect different types of clothes pegs. Make your own washing line with a thin skipping rope or string. Don’t fix it too high. Choose one peg to hang a long sock on the washing line. Try other pegs and see which type has the strongest grip (can hold the most sand in the sock). Stand well back from the falling socks and don’t rub your eyes with sandy fingers. Keep filling the sock with cups of sand until it falls off the line. Make sure you keep track of how many cups of sand you use! Test your ideas Can you think of other ways to test clothes pegs? Share your ideas PEGGY PROBLEM Paint a picture of your tests. You can use the best peg to hang your picture on the washing line until the paint dries. Extra things to do Find out if clothes dry better on a windy or a still day. Find out if some clothes dry faster than others. Try to work out how to dry clothes on a rainy day. 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.