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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Introduction to CREST Bronze Award CREST Bronze Awards engage and inspire a wide range of students, and introduce them to the language and methods of project work. The flexible framework can be adapted for students of different ages and abilities. Bronze projects: • Involve a minimum of 10 hours of work on one project area • Use scientific and/or technical knowledge appropriate to students aged 11 to 14 • Students share their project outcomes with their peers (e.g. display, assembly, poster) • Have active support from an educator: guiding students but allowing them to make decisions for themselves, reviewing progress regularly and supporting planning to maintain the pace of progress Look on the CREST Awards website for further information about project ideas, CREST accredited schemes and how to support your students. www.crestawards.org