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.
Sneaky Shadow Activity Card NEAKY SHADOW Cosmic is very worried. His shadow is missing. It was there when he was out playing. It was still with him when he walked down the path to Aunt Stella’s house. But now it is nowhere to be seen. “Come here quickly,” shouts Gem. “I’ve found a shadow!” Gem is under the streetlight looking down at her feet. Just then Aunt Stella comes out of the house. She is carrying a big torch. “I’ll help you find your sneaky shadow,” she says, waving the light around the garden, “and there it is!” He calls Gem to see if she will help him to find his shadow. Perhaps it’s still in the garden. They go outside to look for it. It is getting dark and it is hard to see anything at all. Cosmic runs over and looks down at his feet too. “You’ve found it! Great!” He rushes to tell Aunt Stella but when he looks down his shadow is missing again. Oh no! There on the wall is Cosmic’s shadow. “Wow! Where did that come from?” asks Cosmic. Can you guess? Gem thinks you will see your shadow if there is bright light Aunt Stella thinks you can only see your shadow when the sun is shining Cosmic thinks shadows hide when it goes dark Have you ever looked at your shadow? Does your shadow ever disappear? Your challenge Find out what makes a shadow and what makes it disappear.
SNEAKY SHADOW Discuss Talk to your buddy about how you are going to find out. Getting started Try using light from a window or with a torch. You could also look on a walk, outdoors or in the garden where possible. What do you see? Can you find places where you can see your shadow and where your shadow disappears? Make shapes in front of the light with your hands. What do you see? Make some little people and other shapes from card. What happens when you put them in front of the light? You could use your little people to make a shadow play. Ask an adult to help you to set up a shadow theatre. Test your ideas Can you think of other things that you can do to make shadows and see whether Gem, Cosmic or Aunt Stella is right? Share your ideas Talk about why Cosmic’s shadow was missing. Share your shadow play. Extra things to do Can you make coloured shadows? Can you make your shadows change size? Make up more shadow plays. 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.