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.

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How healthy is your spread

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  • Spreads
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  • Bromine
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  • Saturated
  • Unsaturated
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  • Coronary
Investigate the fat and salt contents of different types of spread.

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How healthy is your spread? In this project you will investigate the fat and salt contents of various types of spread. At the end you should suggest which type of spread should be used by a patient with coronary heart disease. Before you start any tests, you should research the disease. Find out about the effects of high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and what in turn can cause these symptoms. Getting Started You should start this project with some research. Try finding out about the various different types of spread that are available - for example, butter, margarine and their numerous alternatives (low-fat, no-added salt etc.) Things to think about You could search for just how low in fat something has to be before it can claim to be low-fat on its label. Also find out what saturated and unsaturated fat means. Ask people which spread they buy, and ask for their reasons. You now have to choose some spreads to test (about six should be enough). Try to get a wide variety. Find out, from the labels, how much salt and fat each one contains. Write down how much of each fat is saturated and unsaturated. Testing your spread: You’re now going to carry out some tests to find (a) the fat content of your different spreads, (b) the salt content of your spreads, and (c) how unsaturated the fats are in the spreads. • Techniques to try include: • Fat content – Gravimetric analysis • Salt content – Chloride titrations • Unsaturation – Bromine water titration The results: Use the information gained from your results, together with your previous research, to decide which spreads would be best for somebody with heart disease. Explain why. Click to edit project description How did your results compare to the values given on the spreads’ packaging? Can you explain why there were any discrepancies? Suggest some improvements to your methods. Useful Resources You may need some help from your teacher to find out how to do the tests.

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
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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