Low-resource or low equipment sharing resources

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 further advice on how to get started with CREST, visit our help centre and check out our FAQs.

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.

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Cheesy Challenge

Cheesy Challenge Activity Card Cosmic and Gem are having a picnic. They are tucking into glasses of cool milk and tasty cheese sandwiches. “Isn’t it amazing that they can turn a white runny liquid into cheese?” Cosmic wonders out loud. Gem stops chewing and looks at the cheese and then at the milk. She has a puzzled look on her face. “How do they do that?” Gem asks. “It’s fascinating! We need to do some investigating. I think a little bit of chemistry might help.” Your challenge Can you help Cosmic and Gem find out how milk is turned into cheese? Discuss Take a look at some cheese and milk. Talk about what you already know about it.

Getting started Ingredients A cup of semi skimmed or skimmed milk Lemon juice A spoon, a bowl (for heating in the microwave) or a small pan (for heating on the cooker) A sieve, a bowl and a piece of very clean, thin cloth to strain the milk Salt and other flavourings (optional) Clean hands, equipment and table Cheese Recipe Method 1. Pour 1 cup of milk into a bowl or small pan. Heat it in the microwave or on the cooker until the milk just begins to boil. If it is on the cooker, keep stirring to stop it burning. 2. Remove from the heat. Add lemon juice a few drops at a time and keep stirring gently. 3. Keeping adding lemon juice until the milk starts to go very lumpy (curdle). Let it cool. 4. Put a sieve on top of a bowl and put a cloth in the sieve. 5. Pour the milk into the sieve and let all the liquid (the whey) run through into the bowl. The lumps (called curds) will stay in the cloth. 6. Lift up the cloth and gently squeeze out more of the liquid. You have now made some cheese! Add a little salt and any other flavours that you like. Test your ideas Is cheese only made from cow’s milk? What different types of cheese are there? Are they all made in the same way? Do people eat cheese everywhere around the world? When was cheese first made? Can the whey be used for anything? Share your ideas What kind of cheese have you made? Does it look like any of the cheese that you buy in the shops? What does it taste like? Make a poster showing how a little chemistry helps to turn milk into cheese. Put it on display. Extra things to do Here are some other milk products. Can you find out how they are made and what they are used for? Not all milk comes from animals. Can you spot which ones do not and find out more about them? Yoghurt Sour cream Lassi Ghee Cream Smetana Butter Clotted cream Condensed milk Creme fraiche Kaymak Buttermilk British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236

Challenges for ages 5-11

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.

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Projects for ages 11-18

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.

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