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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SuperStar Home Learning

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  • Rocket
  • Shapes
  • Registered
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  • Glue
  • Rockets
  • Association
  • Spinners
  • Yoghurt
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Fantastic Fingerprints

Fantastic Fingerprints Activity Card Fantastic Fingerprints NEWS Fantastic Fingerprints Fantastic Fingerprints Teachers at Startown Primary School are wondering if they can use fingerprints to take registers, log children on to computers and borrow library books. Teachers at Startown Primary School are wondering if they can use fingerprints to take registers, log children on to computers and borrow library books. NEWS NEWS Teachers at Startown Primary School are wondering if they can use fingerprints to take registers, log children on to computers and borrow library books. The fingerprint pad designer told our reporter, “Electronic pads scan the fingerprints. They change the fingerprint pattern into a code. The code is saved on a computer. Children only need to touch a pad to register. The possibilities are endless.” The fingerprint pad designer told our reporter, “Electronic pads scan the fingerprints. They change the fingerprint pattern into a code. The code is saved on a computer. Children only need to touch a pad to register. The possibilities are endless.” The fingerprint pad designer told our reporter, “Electronic pads scan the fingerprints. They change the fingerprint pattern into a code. The code is saved on a computer. Children only need to touch a pad to register. The possibilities are endless.” Mrs Teachem, the school’s Head told our reporter, “I’m not sure it will work. Are fingerprints really all different? I would like to know what your readers think.” Mrs Teachem, the school’s Head told our reporter, “I’m not sure it will work. Are fingerprints really all different? I would like to know what your readers think.” Mrs Teachem, the school’s Head told our reporter, “I’m not sure it will work. Are fingerprints really all different? I would like to know what your readers think.” Your challenge Find out if everyone’s fingerprints really are different. Discuss How do you think fingerprints are collected? Look at your fingerprints with a hand lens or microscope. What do your own fingerprints look like? Are they the same as your partner’s prints?

Getting started You either need to rub pencil onto a piece of paper or you can sprinkle a small amount of dust on a table. Now put your thumb in the dust or on the pencil rubbing. Place your thumb firmly on the sticky side of a piece of sellotape. Now stick your sellotape onto a piece of paper. You may need to experiment to get clear prints. Test your ideas Look at the prints, do you have any of these patterns? ARCH LOOP WHORL Compare your prints with other people. Are they all different? Can you find other ways to collect fingerprints? Share your ideas Share all the fingerprints. Can you work out which are yours? You could let Mrs Teachem have copies or drawings of fingerprints. Extra things to do Look for fingerprints on surfaces such as glass. Can you identify who made them? Some people think children’s fingerprints should not be used as records in schools. What do you think? Can you find out other ways of identifying individuals? 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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