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 Super Spinners Activity Card SUPER SPINNERS Mr Sycamore, class 5 teacher at Startown Primary School, amazed pupils and staff when he arrived for work in a helicopter! “It’s a bit of a hobby really,” said Mr Sycamore, “I’m flying a different one every day and then I’ll buy the one I like the best. This helicopter has a short blade design, I wonder if the size of blade makes a difference? I’ll need some Super Spinner test pilots to help me decide!” Your challenge Can you help Mr Sycamore decide if the size of the blades makes a difference? Building full size helicopters is difficult SUPER but SPINNERS you can have fun making paper helicopter blades and watching how they fall. Discuss What happens if you drop flat and scrunched up paper? What do you notice about the way that they fall? What might be making a difference to the way that they fall?
Getting started SUPER SPINNERS You can make paper spinners to use as a model. You will need to put a paper clip on the bottom to help them to fall properly. What sizes will you make them? How big will you make the blades? How many clips will you add? Test your ideas Watch the spinners carefully as they fall. Can you make them go faster and slower? You could try landing them on a target and score points for where they land. Remember to change only one thing at a time. Share your ideas You could make a display for Mr Sycamore using your spinners to show him what happened. Extra things to do Does the spinner act differently if you change its shape? What if you make spinners from different kinds of paper? What else could you change? Can you make a bar chart to show your results? 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.