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.
Fossil Folly Organiser’s Card About the activity This activity is designed to get children thinking about dinosaurs. Dina Digg isn’t sure how to put together a dinosaur in the right way. Can the children help to work out the best orientation? Through this activity you will support your group to: • Investigate the strength and stability of dinosaur shapes • Think about why dinosaurs come in different shapes and sizes • Record and present their findings Kit list • Soft modelling clay • Art straws • Pipe cleaners • Cocktail or kebab sticks What to do 1. Introduce the activity using the story of Dina Digg. Ask the children what they know about dinosaurs, what do different dinosaurs look like? 2. Give out activity cards and equipment to the children. 3. Explain that they will be designing and making models of different dinosaur shapes. 4. Support children to design and build their models. Encourage the children to think about size, shape and weight. 5. Support the children to design and carry out tests on their models and to make their own records of their results. 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 Children will explore the effect of changing the shape and size of body parts i.e. head, neck, legs, body, tail. They may just want to build dinosaurs that they know about. It is important that they are open-minded and try out different possible combinations of body shapes for strength and stability. This activity is not about classification, although it should help children to make connections between body shape, size, and lifestyles of dinosaurs. Keywords • Dinosaurs • Bones • Shapes Watch out! Remove the pointed ends of wooden sticks. 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.