Secondary project briefs (ages 11-18)


There are three levels at secondary, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Bronze is typically completed by 11-14 year olds (key stage 3), students complete a 10 hour project. and is a perfect introduction to STEM project work for young people. Over the course of 10 hours, teams of students design their own investigation, record their findings, and reflect on their learnings, giving them a taste of what it is like to be a scientist or engineer in the real-world.

Silver is typically completed by 13-16 year olds (key stage 4) and, students complete 30+ hours project work. are designed to stretch your students. They are long-term, in-depth projects that are run by the students themselves, and usually consist of 30+ hours of project work. All Silver projects are assessed externally via our online platform.

Gold is typically completed by 16-19 year olds (key stage 5), and students will complete 70+ hours project work. Gold projects are long-term, in-depth projects that are run by the students themselves, and at this level, students are encouraged to collaborate with a CREST mentor – an academic or person from industry with expertise in their project’s theme. All Gold projects are assessed externally via our online platform.

There are many more CREST resources which have been developed by our partners and by providers in your region. Click here for links to CREST accredited resources developed by partner organisations, CREST accredited schemes and education providers who can deliver CREST accredited activities.

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All SuperStar challenges

  • Text
  • Handson
  • Stem
  • Challenges
  • Discussion
  • Explore
  • Create
  • Experiment
  • Investigate
  • Toothpaste
  • Materials
  • Glue
  • Tomato
  • Yoghurt
  • Superstar
The activities in this pack have been selected from our library of CREST SuperStar challenges. Children need to complete eight challenges to achieve a CREST SuperStar Award. If you want, you can mix and match challenges from different packs, as long as children complete eight SuperStar challenges.

All SuperStar

Challenges collection Suitable for 7 to 11-year-olds This collection of CREST SuperStar activities allows children to explore everyday problems using science. Once they complete eight of the challenges, they can receive a CREST SuperStar certificate and badge as well! #Investigate #Experiment #Create #Discover

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  • Page 7 and 8: There’s a hole in my bucket, dear
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  • Page 13 and 14: Discuss Think about trees that you
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  • Page 24 and 25: Bowled Over Organiser’s Card Abou
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  • Page 32 and 33: Brilliant Birds Organiser’s Card
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  • Page 36 and 37: Bumblebee Mystery Organiser’s Car
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    Things to think about Skimmed milk

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    Getting started Ingredients A cup o

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    Things to think about Some children

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    Getting started To help you to deci

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    What to do 1. Introduce the activit

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    Getting started You can use sheets

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    Things to think about Scientists ar

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    Getting started Make a flyer advert

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    Things to think about Talk to the c

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    Getting started 2/2 Think about the

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    Things to think about Dandelions ge

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    Getting started Find all the places

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    Things to think about Let the child

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    Getting started You either need to

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    Things to think about Children will

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    Getting started Make model dinosaur

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    Things to think about For many reas

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    Getting started Some other investig

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    Things to think about There is no r

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    Getting started To come up with som

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    Things to think about Some material

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    Test your ideas Will you need to ma

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    Things to think about Try to help c

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    Discuss Who will you ask? How many

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    INVESTIGATING INK Investigating Ink

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    JOURNEY STICK Journey Stick Organis

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    Journey Stick Activity Card JOURNEY

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    Just My Cup of Tea Organiser’s Ca

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    Just My Cup of Tea Activity Card It

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    KITE CALAMITY Kite Calamity Organis

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    KITE CALAMITY Kite Calamity You’v

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    Making Toothpaste/ Terrific Teeth P

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    NG TOOTHPASTE Making Toothpaste/ Te

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    To get you started, a few fellow in

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    OUTDOOR GYM Things to think about T

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    Discuss You could find out: What ki

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    OVER TO YOU Over to You Organiser

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    Over To You Activity Card You’ve

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    Extra things to do Read these stori

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    Things to think about Visual disabi

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    Getting started How well are outdoo

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    its. Share what they have chosen. E

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    Getting started Explore the materia

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    Things to think about Testing foil

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    Getting started You will need some

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    What to do 1. Read the ACTIVITY CAR

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    Racing Rockets Activity Card You’

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    Recycle Reuse RECYCLE REUSE RECYCLE

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    Take it further Paper is made from

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    RECYCLE REUSE Getting started Tear

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    Things to think about This is a gre

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    Getting started Plan what you are g

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    What to do 1. Read the ACTIVITY CAR

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    SUPER SPINNERS Super Spinners Activ

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    SURPRISING STAINS Surprising Stains

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    SURPRISING STAINS Surprising Stains

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    Test your ideas What colours did yo

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    Things to think about To decide whi

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    Getting started Why not carry out a

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    What to do 1. Read the ACTIVITY CAR

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    TOMATO SAUCE TOMATO SAUCE Tomato Sa

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    Save the tree Tree Trouble Organise

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    Tree Trouble Activity Card Save the

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    G TOAST Tumbling Toast Organiser’

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    Take it further TUMBLING TOAST The

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    What to do 1. Read the ACTIVITY CAR

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    SURPRISING STAINS Under Your Feet A

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    COLD Warm or Cold Organiser’s Car

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    Warm or Cold Activity Card No one h

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    Test your ideas Do big things cool

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    Things to think about Make sure tha

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    Getting started Practice blowing bu

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    What to do 1. Read the ACTIVITY CAR

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Bronze level

10 hour projects recommended for ages 11-14 years. Find out more about this level and how to gain a CREST Award on the Bronze page


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Bronze

Getting Started Guide: Secondary
Plant nutrients
Bath bomb challenge
Make a wooden pendant
Make your own fizzy drink
The perfect cup of tea
What makes bread rise
Which crisps are crispiest
Which material is strongest
Why do we use shampoo
Make a rollercoaster faster
Design a game controller
A clean break
Home entertainment cabinet
Make your own animation
Make your own toothpaste
Monitoring acid rain
Quality control
Revealing fingerprints
Who is the fittest in your class
Waste free lunch
Make a rollercoaster faster
Design a game controller
Home entertainment cabinet
Make your own animation
Who is the fittest in your class
Make your own toothpaste
Plant nutrients
Monitoring acid rain
Waste free lunch
Bath bomb challenge
Make your own fizzy drink
The perfect cup of tea
Which crisps are crispiest
Why do we use shampoo
Quality control
Waste free lunch
Make a wooden pendant
Which material is strongest
A clean break
Revealing fingerprints
Make a rollercoaster faster
A clean break
Quality control
Bath bomb challenge
Make your own fizzy drink
The perfect cup of tea
What makes bread rise
Which crisps are crispiest
Which material is strongest
Why do we use shampoo
Make your own toothpaste
Monitoring acid rain
Revealing fingerprints
Make a wooden pendant
Design a game controller
Home entertainment cabinet
Make your own animation
Waste free lunch

Silver level

30 hour projects recommended for ages 14-16 years. Find out more about this level and how to gain a CREST Award on the Silver page


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Silver

Getting Started Guide: Secondary
The fizz in fizzy drinks
Oral rehydration therapies
Design and build a disco light
Ceramic jewellery
Cooking pasta
How strong are climbing ropes
Testing suncreams
Make your own lipstick
Which crisps are healthiest
Art restoration
Build a model pirate ship ride
Detecting drugs
Detect fraud using chromatography
How healthy is your spread
Make and analyse painkillers
Make your own tea bag
Measuring alcohol content
Monitoring water pollution
Fabrics for cold weather clothing
Design and build a disco light
Build a model pirate ship ride
Oral rehydration therapies
Testing suncreams
How healthy is your spread
Make and analyse painkillers
Monitoring water pollution
The fizz in fizzy drinks
Cooking pasta
Make your own lipstick
Which crisps are healthiest
Art restoration
How healthy is your spread
Make your own tea bag
Measuring alcohol content
Ceramic jewellery
How strong are climbing ropes
Art restoration
Fabrics for cold weather clothing
Detecting drugs
Detect fraud using chromatography
Build a model pirate ship ride
Make your own tea bag
Build a model pirate ship ride
How healthy is your spread
Monitoring water pollution
The fizz in fizzy drinks
Oral rehydration therapies
Cooking pasta
How strong are climbing ropes
Testing suncreams
Make your own lipstick
Which crisps are healthiest
Art restoration
Detect fraud using chromatography
How healthy is your spread
Make and analyse painkillers
Make your own tea bag
Measuring alcohol content
Monitoring water pollution
Fabrics for cold weather clothing
Design and build a disco light
Ceramic jewellery
Make your own tea bag
Fabrics for cold weather clothing

Gold level

70 hour projects recommended for ages 14-18 years. Find out more about this level and how to gain a CREST Award on the Gold page


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Gold

Getting Started Guide: Secondary
How much starch is in a potato
Compare fabric properties
The effect of additives on bread
The perfect colour lipstick
The effect of treatments on hair
A balanced diet
Investigating vitamin supplements
Fruit juice or fizzy drinks
The properties of saucepans
Compare suncreams
Design the ultimate toothbrush
Brighter after a cup of tea
Aerodynamic sails
Build a model waltzer
Build a pinhole camera
Build a robotic ball boy
How quick are your reactions
Measuring alcohol levels
Monitoring lead pollution
Investigating crash damage
Aerodynamic sails
Build a model waltzer
Build a robotic ball boy
How quick are your reactions
Investigating crash damage
A balanced diet
Investigating vitamin supplements
Fruit juice or fizzy drinks
Compare suncreams
Measuring alcohol levels
How much starch is in a potato
Monitoring lead pollution
What makes bread rise
How much starch is in a potato
The effect of additives on bread
The perfect colour lipstick
The effect of treatments on hair
Fruit juice or fizzy drinks
Brighter after a cup of tea
Compare fabric properties
The properties of saucepans
Design the ultimate toothbrush
Measuring alcohol levels
Investigating crash damage
Build a model waltzer
Build a pinhole camera
Aerodynamic sails
Build a model waltzer
Build a robotic ball boy
Investigating crash damage
The effect of treatments on hair
A balanced diet
Investigating vitamin supplements
How quick are your reactions
Measuring alcohol levels
How much starch is in a potato
Compare fabric properties
The effect of additives on bread
The perfect colour lipstick
The effect of treatments on hair
A balanced diet
Investigating vitamin supplements
Fruit juice or fizzy drinks
The properties of saucepans
Compare suncreams
Brighter after a cup of tea
Monitoring lead pollution
Design the ultimate toothbrush
Build a pinhole camera
Build a robotic ball boy