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.
Super Spinners Organiser’s Card About the activity This activity is designed to get the children thinking about helicopter blades, and how different blade sizes change the way a paper spinner falls. Mr Sycamore arrived for work in a helicopter, amazing the students. He’s testing which helicopter is best. Can the students help to find out if a longer blade design will make a difference? Through this activity you will support SUPER your SPINNERS group to: • Think about what makes paper fall in different ways • Test whether a paper spinner falls in different ways with different blade sizes • Share their ideas with the group Kit list To make the spinners they will need: NERS • A4 Paper • 30 cm ruler • Metre ruler • Paperclips or Blu–Tack • Scissors • One ready–made spinner to show the children how they work • Large and small templates for spinners (if you think children will need them) – see following page • Stopwatches • Other types of paper and card
What to do 1. Read the ACTIVITY CARD to familiarise yourself with the activity. 2. Check the Kit list, including preparing a spinner and templates if you think that they might be needed. 3. Set the scene by discussing the news story and show the children a spinner falling. 4. Give children time to explore flat and screwed up paper and to think about what might be making a difference to the way that they fall. 5. Encourage the children to make their own large and small spinners. It is important to let them explore their ideas on their own. Have templates available if children need them. Some may need help to work out how to cut and fold the spinners. 6. Now let children try the spinners to see what happens. 7.Remind them about safety, particularly about not climbing to drop the spinners 8.Give children some time to talk about their observations and ideas. You could show children other spinners with different blade lengths and ask them to predict how they will fall. 9.Children can share their ‘best’ spinner or they can create a display by sticking their spinners onto paper with advice for Mr Sycamore. Avoid too much writing by composing text message replies. 10.There are extra challenges on the ACTIVITY CARD. These can be used if there is any spare time or if the children want to try out more ideas and earn a bonus sticker. Things to think about Encourage children to drop their spinners from the same height. This should be as high as possible so that the spinners can twirl before they hit the ground. Very large spinners require a long drop to see any effect. You may need to drop them. If they are too flimsy they will not spin. R SPINNERS Very tiny spinners can spin extremely quickly. It is difficult timing the spinners if they fall quickly. However, if children want to try timing, you should let them have a go to see if works. Adding paperclips or Blu-Tack can increase spin speed.
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.