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 Activity Card It is a great day for Gem. Her new bike has arrived. She is going for a ride with Cosmic to visit Aunt Stella. She puts on her favourite black tracksuit and pedals off to meet Cosmic. A little later, Aunt Stella is SO worried. It’s gone as dark as night outside. Where are they? Suddenly there’s a loud knock, rat-a-tat-tat, on the door. Oh no! It’s a policeman with Gem and Cosmic. They are looking very sheepish. “I nearly knocked these two off their bikes,” grumbles the policeman. “They were riding round, no lights and just look at what they are wearing! No wonder I couldn’t see them.” “Oh dear!” says Aunt Stella. “We need to make sure you can be seen and be safe in the dark. Now I wonder what we could do? I think we may need some help.” Your challenge Find out if Gem and Cosmic can wear something that will help them to be better seen in the dark. Cosmic thinks they need to wear something shiny Gem doesn’t think what we wear makes a difference Aunt Stella thinks they need to wear something white What do you think? Discuss • Why do you think Gem and Cosmic couldn’t be seen? • Was it just because they didn’t have lights on their bikes? • Have you noticed what you can see in the dark? • How will you find out if different materials can be seen in the dark? • What will you do to make sure it is a fair test?
Getting started You need to compare how well each material can be seen. Make a dark space by drawing curtains, working in a corridor or other dimly lit area, to help you see the difference between good and bad light reflectors. Which materials can you see the best? What difference does having more light make? What can you see in complete darkness? Do some colours work better than others? 2/2 Test your ideas Make a table to record your results. Material How well does it reflect? Complete darkness A little bit of light A lot of light Shiny material White material Dark material Share your ideas How did your investigation go? Was there anything you could have improved about your test? Why not design something for Cosmic and Gem to wear? Extra things to do Find out if you can see reflectors in total darkness. Design a warning poster to help children to be safe at night. 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.