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.
Racing Rockets Activity Card You’ve seen a poster on the noticeboard in town: Director Windy Astralbody told us, “It’s a tall order but we hope competitors will set their sights high and maybe even break some records. We are looking for really creative ideas. Who knows, one day the winners might get to fly into space in a real rocket.” S ACING ROCKETS A new rocket competition is being launched today by the Space Research Association, ‘Racing Rockets’. RACING ROCKETS The competition invites children to design and fly a rocket. ACING ROCKETS Your challenge Can you design a rocket that will go the furthest? Building a proper rocket is difficult but you could investigate rocket shapes that might look something like this.
Discuss Are all rockets the same shape? What is important about the shape of rockets? RACING ROCKETS Does everyone agree? G ROCKETS getting started this is how you make your basic rocket shape. Roll a strip of paper or card round a pencil (not too tightly) to make a tube. Tape it in three places to keep it together, then take the pencil out. Flatten one end of the tube, fold it over and secure it with tape. Slide the tube onto a straw. Blow your rocket across the room and see how far it goes. Don’t blow too hard. test your ideas How you can improve its flight? Do you think fins will help? Where is the best place to put them? What shape should they be? What about the size of the rocket? Is card better than paper? Does it help to put some weight in the rocket? Try different rockets and choose the one that you think is best. share your ideas Hold the ‘Racing Rockets’ competition. Each team needs to tell everyone else about their rocket design and then measure how far the rockets travel. Test each one three times. You could send your designs to Windy Astralbody and put the winning rockets on a podium. extra things to do What other ways could you make a rocket? Find out what you can from books and the internet, then make and test some. You could write a consumer report to compare and contrast rockets. Several countries are trying to use rockets to travel into space. Can you find out more about them? 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.