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.
Be Seen Be Safe Organiser’s Card About the activity This activity is designed to get children thinking about reflection and light. Gem has a new bike! Children are asked to help Cosmic and Gem to find out if they can wear something that will help them be seen in the dark. Through this activity you will support children to: • Test different materials to see how reflective they are • Test to see if other variables make a difference to reflectivity • Record their results and share them with the group. Kit list You can use whatever is available at home. • A selection of different materials e.g. different coloured T-shirts or fabrics, reflector armbands, foil, shiny paper, black paper, dark/light coloured objects • Torches • A place that you can partially blackout What to do 1. Introduce the activity using the story of Cosmic and Gem. Ask the children what they think will help them to be seen in the dark. Give out activity cards and equipment to the children. 3. Explain that they will be using the equipment provided to test the best way to be seen in the dark. 5. Support children to conduct their tests and make their own records of their results. 6. Ask the children to present their findings to the rest of the group, they can be as creative in their presentation as they want. 4. Encourage children to discuss their ideas and how to carry out their investigations. Prompt questions: • What materials will they test? • How will they test to see if they are reflective? • How will they make sure their test is fair? • How will they record their results?
Things to think about Some things produce light, e.g. a lamp, the Sun. We call these light sources. Other things can reflect light, but they don’t produce light of their own, e.g. a mirror, aluminium foil, a white T-shirt. We call these reflectors. Some colours reflect more light than others. White is easier to see than red; red is easier to see than black. Reflectors will be seen if there is a source of light. Even on a ‘dark’ night there is usually light around, especially in towns. A good reflector may be visible on a dark night because of this. Cat’s eyes and reflective strips will also reflect the lights of cars. So Cosmic and Gem will need to wear something light coloured or shiny to be safe in the dark. They also need to get lights on their bikes. Keywords • Reflection • Source • Light • Safety Watch out! ! Make sure that children are not wandering around in the dark with sharp objects. Make sure that the area is cleared of obstacles and dangerous substances 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.