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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Get Set Jellies Activity

Get Set Jellies Activity Card Uncle Astro loves jelly. His favourite fruit is pineapple. Cosmic and Gem have made a pineapple jelly for his birthday. Normally they use tinned pineapples but, because it is a special day, this time they have used big chunks of fresh juicy pineapple. Now it is time to enjoy some lovely, wibbly, wobbly jelly. Uncle Astro laughs with excitement as he tips the bowl over to let the jelly drop out. Oh no! The jelly hasn’t set! Cosmic Uncle Astro Gem Uncle Astro laughed! “How fascinating! I wonder if it has something to do with the pineapple? We need to do some investigating. I think a little chemistry might help.” Your challenge Find out if the fresh pineapple could have stopped Uncle Astro’s jelly setting. Discuss Talk about how to make jelly. Think about what might have stopped the jelly setting. How will you decide if the fresh pineapple stopped the jelly setting? What tests can you do to find out why the jelly didn’t set? How will you make sure that your test is fair and safe? What will you observe or measure in each of your tests?

Getting started Some other investigators have had a few ideas to get you started: Why don’t we try making the same jelly with and without pineapple? I think we could use fresh, frozen and tinned pineapple. I think we could try using different amounts of fresh pineapple. What will you do? Test your ideas Which jellies set and which ones did not? Is there a problem when you use fresh pineapple? Does it make a difference if the pineapple comes from a tin or has been frozen?` You might want to make a table like the one below to compare the jellies. Jelly 1 – Fresh pineapple Jelly 2 – Tinned pineapple Jelly 3 – No pineapple What happened? Share your ideas Why not design a guide to show how knowing a little chemistry can help people to make very wibbly, wobbly fruit jelly. Extra things to do What happens if you use different fruit in your jellies? Try making small jellies to compare different fruit. Does it make a difference if you use tinned or frozen fruit? You could try apples, strawberries, raspberries, lemons, tangerines, kiwi fruit, fresh figs, mango, grapes, peaches and/or any other fruit that you like. 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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