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

  • Text
  • Superstar
  • Rafts
  • Rocket
  • Shapes
  • Registered
  • Raft
  • Glue
  • Rockets
  • Association
  • Spinners
  • Yoghurt
This resource is published under an Attribution - non-commercial - no derivatives 4.0 International creative commons licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).


ACING ROCKETS Racing Rockets Organiser’s Card About the activity This activity is designed to get the children to think about rocket designs and build a rocket that can go as high as possible. The children have seen a poster about a new rocket competition inviting them to design and fly a rocket. The competitors need to set their sights high and produce creative ideas. Through this activity you will support your group to: • Think about different shapes of rockets • Test different rocket shapes and sizes • Share their findings with the rest of the group RACING ROCKETS Kit list • Pencils or dowel to roll the rockets • Strips of paper or card (cut to 1/4 of an A4 sheet) • Sellotape • Scissors • Plastic straws – 1 per child • Metre ruler or tape measure • Plasticine, Blu-Tack or paperclips to add weight • Extra card to make fins

What to do 1. Read the ACTIVITY CARD to familiarise yourself with the activity. 2. Check the Kit list to ensure you have the correct resources. 3. Set the scene using the poster and invite the children to enter the competition. 4. Give children a short time to talk about rockets and share their ideas. 5. Give each team the resources that they will need for the challenge. 6. Let children explore making and flying the basic tube shape. Give support to any groups that seem to be struggling. ROCKETS 7. Once they have the basic shape working, give children plenty of time to experiment to find out what makes a difference to how the rocket flies. They may need to make several versions to compare them. 8. When the time is up, all the children gather to present and test their rockets. 9. Measure the distance that each rocket travels. Test them three times each. It is up to you to decide if children can repair or adjust their rockets after each test. 10. Give points to each rocket according to the distance travelled. You can give extra points for design. 11. Announce the winners of the competition. 12. Encourage children to decide what made a difference to how each rocket flew. They could do a design report for Windy Astralbody. 13. The winning designs can be displayed on a podium. Things to think about RACING ROCKETS The rockets will not work very well unless one end is flattened, folded and sealed. Let them explore this for themselves first. Watch out for children launching rockets by hand rather than blowing. The children will need to agree on where to launch their rockets from and how the flight will be measured. Take it further Once children have the basic rocket shape there is plenty of scope for investigation such as size, materials and shape. Three important things affect the way rockets fly – aerodynamics, stability and balance. Flattening and folding one end will help to make the rocket more aerodynamic and prevent air escaping. Children might experiment with trying to make the nose more cone-shaped. Children can try attaching fins in different positions. This will affect the stability of the rocket. Fins at the tail end tend to be the most stable. Weight will also affect the flight. A little additional weight at the tail end can help. If it is too heavy it may not fly at all.

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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