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.
Bridge Blunder Activity Card A sparkling new footbridge has been built in Startown. Class 4 of Startown Primary School were invited to the grand opening. All the children stood on the bridge as their classmate Anil (aged 8) cut the official tape. Even before the cheers had died down the bridge began to sway and bend. All the children were hastily rushed to one end and the bridge was closed. Star Spans, the designers of the bridge, looked very red faced. “We’re not sure what went wrong. The bridge was such a beautiful shape. What do we do now? Can anyone help us?” Your challenge Can you help Star Spans design a bridge that can be used safely? When people design bridges they build models. This is what you will need to do. Discuss • How many different kinds of bridge do you know? • Are some shapes stronger than others? Getting started Your bridge needs to span 20 cm. Think about which shapes are the strongest. Try exploring bridge shapes with single pieces of paper. You can cut the paper if you wish. Why not try rolling, curving and folding the paper.
Test your ideas Test it with weights. Does it matter where you put the weights? Remember the children were standing across the whole length of the bridge when it started to wobble. Now make one final model. You might like to record your results in a table like this: 10 100 2/2 Bridge Maximum weight bridge could hold Bridge #1 Bridge #2 Bridge #3 Share your ideas Show your bridge to the rest of the class. You could take pictures and add notes about what you think might make your bridge stronger and more stable. Extra things to do Can you find out about the highest and longest bridges in the world? What did people in ancient times use to build bridges? How does this compare to bridges built today? You could find out about different bridges and make models of them to show how they work. 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.