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.
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Page 1 of 2 The ultimate pizza box You’ve been asked by a fast food company to design a new take away pizza box, and to make and test a prototype. The pizza box should keep a 12-inch pizza from getting cold and damaged when it’s being delivered. It should be easy to manufacture, store and dispose of safely. Getting started Do some research into pizza boxes, you could also visit a few pizza places and check out what their boxes are like. Find out what templates are usually used to make pizza boxes - you could simply unfold a pizza box to see what it looks like. Make a template to test You need to design the template for your pizza box. You could start by making scale models from paper, just to check your ideas work. Do some research into properties of materials. Perhaps you could link up with a local higher/further education college to ask about testing techniques and use some of their equipment. Things to think about How will you keep your tests fair? How will you test Which materials are safe to use in food packaging? Is it safe to add colours and lamination on the box? Can the materials easily be made into the right shape? Ho would the manufacturing process change if you had to make your pizza boxes in batches of 100? Useful resources The material used is important - carry out some tests on the materials you’re thinking of using. It’s up to you what properties you think are most important then design the relevant tests. You could try and use something other than cardboard, but remember to think about all the things listed in the design brief - you may find a material that keeps pizza warm for longer, but it might be far too expensive. Here are some suggestions for possible tests: Click to edit project description Design a test to see which materials keep a pizza the hottest. Design a test to see which materials will be able to protect a pizza from the sorts of bumps it might experience. When you’ve decided on the materials, you should set about making the pizza box. When the box has been made, you could carry out more tests on the final product.
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.