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.
Uncle Astro Get Set Jellies Organiser’s Card Cosmic Gem About the activity This activity is designed to get children making and testing different jelly recipes. It’s Uncle Astro’s birthday so Cosmic and Gem have made him a special jelly with fresh pineapple rather than tinned. But the jelly won’t set! What could be causing it? Through this activity you will support your group to: • Make and test jellies with different types of fruit added. • Record their results • Produce a guide to making fruit jelly. Kit list • Jelly (any flavour will do) • Kettle and water • Spoons • Measuring jugs • Little dishes to put the jelly in • Pineapple – fresh and tinned (frozen optional) • Other types of fruit (optional) What to do 1. Introduce the activity using the story. Ask them if they have made jelly before. 2. Give out activity cards and equipment to the children. 3. Explain that they will be making some different jellies and comparing them. 4. Support children to make their jelly recipe. Ensure that the jelly is made following the normal instructions on the packet. The children should focus on adding different fruit rather than changing the way the jelly is made. Encourage them to explore a range of fruit. They will find that there are others that will stop the jelly setting properly. It is helpful to make a jelly without fruit to compare how it sets with ones that contain fruit. Scientists call this a control. 5. Support the children to compare their jelly to the other jellies, and to design a way to record 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 For many reasons, such as religion, some children cannot eat gelatine. Be sensitive to the group’s needs, perhaps they could try using alternatives to see what happens. Keywords • Jelly • Gelatine • Setting Watch out! The main safety issue is attached to making the jelly. It does need to be made with hot water so will need to be done with adult supervision. Do not taste the food unless hygiene is scrupulous. Also ensure that the hot jelly is not carried around until it has cooled. 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.