Bronze Awards are typically completed by students aged 11+. They complete a ten-hour project which is a perfect introduction to STEM project work. Over the course of the project, teams of students design their own investigation, record their findings, and reflect on their learnings. This process gives students a taste of what it is like to be a scientist or engineer in the real-world.
Silver Awards are typically completed by students aged 14+ over thirty hours. Project work at Silver level is designed to stretch your students and enrich their STEM studies. Students direct the project, determining the project’s aim and how they will achieve it. They carry out the project, record and analyse their results and reflect on the project and their learnings. All Silver projects are assessed by CREST assessors via our online platform.
Gold Awards are typically completed by students aged 16+ over seventy hours. Students’ projects are self-directed, longer term and immerse them in real research. At this level, we recommend students work with a mentor from their chosen STEM field of study. All Gold projects are assessed by CREST assessors via our online platform. There are more CREST approved resources that have been developed by our partners and providers specific to your region.
Find out how to build practical CREST projects into secondary science lessons using our free teacher guidance pack. Supporting this guidance are easy-to-use, free-to-download mapping workbooks, which match individual Bronze, Silver and Gold CREST Award projects with each area of the secondary science curricula for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. You can download and save your own copy of the relevant mapping workbook via the following links:
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Page 1 of 2 Are some jeans tougher than others? Which properties do you think are most important for a pair of jeans? Do you buy jeans for their looks, or because you think they’ll last a long time? In this project you will test the strength of different pairs of jeans to investigate if some jeans are tougher than others. Getting started To start you will need to work out which properties you want to test. This will involve some research into properties of materials, particularly strength. You should take a number of samesized pieces of denim from each pair of jeans you are comparing. That way you can do the same tests more than once, giving you more accurate results. The size of the piece of denim may vary depending on which test you are going to carry out. For example, if you test strength, you may want thin strips of denim. You’ll also have to measure the thickness of the denim. This may make a notable difference to your results. Remember – don’t cut up someone’s favourite pair of jeans! Testing the samples: As mentioned earlier, it’s up to you which properties you want to test – but you should test more than one property. You will need to design an experiment to test each type of property. For example, you might measure the strength of the seams by hanging weights from your denim samples until they break. Make sure you conduct all of the tests on all of the denim samples. Think of a good way to show the results from each test. Click to edit project description Things to think about You need to think about the different pairs of jeans you want to test. Do you want to test jeans that are different prices, colours or brands? It’s also worth noting the age of the jeans. You will, more than likely, use old pairs of jeans so they may already be a bit worn. Try to use the bits that are least worn. Useful resources You could test the strength of seams in a pair of denim jeans, the tear resistance of denim, or you could try to work out how easily denim wears down by rubbing it on a rough surface. Contact a jean manufacturer to ask if you can get some free denim samples and learn more about how they are made.