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.
Start using CREST SuperStar The activities in this pack have been selected from our library of CREST SuperStar challenges. Children need to complete eight challenges to achieve a CREST SuperStar Award. If you want, you can mix and match challenges from different packs, as long as children complete eight SuperStar challenges. Preparation 1. Download a SuperStar Passport: primarylibrary.crestawards.org/crestsuperstar-passport/62595359. Use the Organiser Cards in this pack to prepare for each challenge Run the challenges in this pack 1. Each challenge will take 45 minutes to an hour and involves hands-on investigation, decision making and discussion. You can run the activities with one child or with a group. Adult supervision is important. Children can discuss their ideas with an adult or with each other. 2. Use the Passport to keep track of the challenges you have completed. 4.Congratulations on completing CREST SuperStar! 5. If you want to use your own activities, that’s fine! Find out more about what a SuperStar activity should look like here: help.crestawards.org/portal/kb/ articles/star-and-superstar-activitystructure What next? Why not challenge children further and try a full day project next? A CREST Discovery Day is a one day facilitated project, ideal for ages 10+. You can find out more and download all the resources you need here: www.crestawards.org/crest-discovery Encourage others to take part in CREST projects. To get more ideas on how to get started visit: www.crestawards.org Awarded to of on Katherine Mathieson Chief Executive of the British Science Association British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236 Managed by: Supported by:
Contents Activity A Sticky Problem Bridge Blunder Cheesy Challenge Crafty Rafts About Investigate different recipes for glue from common kitchen ingredients. Design and construct a bridge and test it's strength and stability. Try making your own cheese at home with just milk and lemon juice. Make a raft and test how well it floats and holds weights. Page 4 10 14 18 Fantastic Fingerprints Explore finger prints and ways to lift them from different surfaces. 22 Fossil Folly Make models of dinosaurs to help you investigate how they supported themselves and moved around. 26 Get Set Jellies Find out which fruits make the best jellies in this experiment. 30 Investigating Ink Use your detective skills and investigate different inks to help solve a crime. 34 Racing Rockets Make your own rocket and experiment to make it travel further. 40 Super Spinners Make your own spinner inspired by nature and investigate how the shape affects the way it moves. 46 Yummy Yoghurt Makers Try making your own yogurt at home from milk and live yogurt. 50 CREST SuperStar home learning challenges have been selected and put together to help you run open ended science investigations at home with children. These activities are recommended for ages 7-11. Make sure you read the instructions carefully including the health and safety guidance before you begin. Children should be supervised by an adult at all times when carrying out practical challenges. Find more activities like these in our CREST resources library: library.crestawards.org
Yummy Yoghurt Makers Activity Card
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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.