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.
Fantastic Fingerprints Organiser’s Card About the activity This activity is designed to get children thinking about fingerprints. The investigators have been given a news article about fingerprints. Teachers at Startown Primary School are wondering if they can use fingerprints to identify the students. Are the students’ fingerprints that different? Through this activity you will support your group to: • Collect their fingerprints • Compare different fingerprints and identify patterns • Record and present their results Kit list • Dust (flour, chalk, talc, cocoa powder) • Soft pencils • Blank paper (white paper for pencil and cocoa prints; black paper for white powder prints) • Other things to investigate e.g. oil or cream (leaves a print on OHT film or plastic), non-permanent markers etc. • Sellotape • Scissors • Hand lenses or magnifying glasses What to do 1. Introduce the activity using the news article. Ask them if they have taken a fingerprint before. 2. Give out activity cards and equipment to the children. 3. Explain that they will be investigating fingerprints today. Give children time to talk about what they know about fingerprints. Let them look at their own fingerprints with hand lenses or microscopes. 4. Demonstrate how to take a fingerprint results. Draw children’s attention to the different patterns found in fingerprints (loops, arches and whorls) 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. The prints could be projected for the entire group to see. The children could try to work out which print belongs to which person. They could draw large images of their fingerprints. 5. Support the children to design and carry out a test and to make their own records of their
Things to think about Let the children investigate how to get good prints. Only give advice if they are failing to make any progress. To obtain a good quality fingerprint, children should wash their hands between prints. They also need to tap off the excess powder. A thin layer is best. Marker pens and ink-pads can be used but they can be difficult to remove from the children’s fingers. Keywords • Fingerprints • Identification • Forensics Watch out! Check if any children have wheat or nut allergies before using flour and cocoa. Children should be reminded to keep fingers out of their mouths and eyes during this activity and to wash their hands thoroughly at the end of the session. Do not use permanent markers. 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.