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.
SHOES Slippery Slidey Shoes Activity Card Gem is very late. It is a wet day and Gem wears her wellingtons to go to school. She waves ‘bye’ to dad, turns round and runs down the corridor into the hall. SPLAT!! Gem’s feet fly from under her and she falls heavily onto the hall floor. Cosmic is late too. He runs into the hall. “Watch out!” shouts Gem. Too late, SPLAT!! Cosmic slips on the floor too. “What happened?” says Cosmic to Gem. “I think the caretaker has done something to the floor,” Gem replies. Y SHOES “I think you’ve got slippery slidey shoes!” says the caretaker. Cosmic and Gem look at their shoes. Then they rub their bruises and wonder how they can stop it happening again. Do you think you can help them? Have you ever slipped over? Why was this? Why do you think Gem and Cosmic slipped? Gem thinks it’s because the floor is made of wood Cosmic thinks that the caretaker has put polish on the floor The caretaker thinks it’s the kind of shoes they’re wearing Your challenge Gem has a great idea – have a competition to find the best non-slip shoe
Discuss Talk about the shoe that you think will be the best. Getting started Set up a ramp. Put two shoes on the ramp and try to find which one isn’t very slippery. Keep trying until you find the best non-slip shoe. How can you make sure that everything is fair? PERY SHOES Test your ideas Can you think of other ways to find out? Share your ideas Make a poster about why you think your winning show was the best. Extra things to do Find out more about shoes for different purposes. Do some shoes need to be slippery? Can you find out different ways to stop surfaces being slippery? 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.