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.
Crafty Rafts Organiser’s Card About the activity This activity is designed to get children designing and making a raft that floats. The children have been asked to design a raft. The Cub Scouts and Brownies of Startown are having a problem making a raft that floats. Through this activity you will support your group to: • Design and make a model raft using just a piece of paper • Conduct a fair test to see which raft design can hold the most weight • Record and present their results. Kit list • Plastic tanks or bowls of water – 1 per group • A square sheet of paper (20 cm x 20 cm) or A4 – 6 per group plus spare sheets • Foil (optional as an alternative to paper) • A set of marbles all the same size – 30 per group plus lots of spares • Sellotape, masking tape, staplers, or other fasteners – provide the same for each group • Waterproof coverings if you are working on wooden desks
What to do 1. Introduce the activity using the story. 2. Give out activity cards and equipment to the children. 3. Explain that they will be designing and making rafts, and testing how much weight they can carry before sinking. 4. Encourage children to discuss their ideas and how to carry out their investigations. Give each group access to sheets of paper or foil. Remind them they can only use one piece at a time. Challenge groups to make several rafts of different shapes and sizes. They can do this by folding the paper or foil and securing the corners. Give children time to discuss which shapes might work and to practise ways of folding the paper to make different rafts. 5. Support children to conduct their investigation and make their own records of their results. Set them off on the challenge to build a raft able to hold the largest number of objects before it sinks. They can float their rafts in a container of water and add cubes or marbles until the rafts sink. The raft that carries the greatest number of objects will be the winner. 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. Things to think about Make sure that the water is deep enough for the loaded rafts to float and not touch the bottom. It’s best if children use one sheet of paper at a time and are left to experiment with their own raft shapes. Some children may add the objects to the raft too quickly or unevenly. Let them experiment on their own. They learn more when it goes wrong. The children will need to agree on how they will know when a raft has officially sunk. This could be when it sinks below the water line or when it lands on the bottom of the container. An object that is normally unable to float can be made to float by changing its shape. Different shapes will float in different ways. You will find a wide flat raft is very stable when it floats but can tip if it is loaded on one side. If the children are investigating carefully, the best raft is likely to be one with a large base and with sides approximately 1.5 cms deep. A good raft will hold a surprisingly large number of objects. Keywords • Floating • Buoyancy • Paper • Building • Weights Watch out! Mop up water spills quickly and collect escaped marbles to avoid accidents. 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.