Secondary project briefs (ages 11+)


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.


There are more CREST approved resources that have been developed by our partners and providers specific to your region.


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Bronze Grand Challenges

Clean Growth Design a

Clean Growth Design a waste free lunch Project brief The idea of this project is to introduce a school lunch programme to your school or college. The programme should encourage pupils to use recycled or re-usable packaging for their lunches. Produce a leaflet and/or poster presentation for the school. You will also carry out some tests on reusable packaging to check it’s suitable. Start by testing alternative packaging. You should think about what alternatives might be used to store packed lunches. Then you should carry out some tests to make sure your ideas still keep food fresh, for example: Crisps usually come in a packet that gets thrown away. So why not buy a bigger bag and bring just enough crisps each day in a different container. When you’ve thought of a few alternatives, carry out a ‘sogginess’ test. Leave different containers of crisps for a day and see which ones remain crunchy. Make sure you use the same type of crisps in each container. Store all the containers in the same place. Leave a normal packet of crisps for a day as well – this will be your benchmark. Drinks often come in cans or plastic bottles that also create waste. Find out what sort of cans are best for recycling. You could also tell people how and where to recycle cans. The other alternative is to buy a big bottle and bring just enough for one day in a reusable container. Again, you could carry out a test to make sure your alternative container keeps the drink fizzy. You should also test your packaging’s strength. Packed lunches can often get bashed around in your school bag, but you don’t want squashed sandwiches or broken biscuits. Design an experiment to see what happens to your packed lunch when it gets bashed about. Work out a way of simulating how much a packed lunch gets bashed around during a school day. This might include dropping the packed lunch to see if anything gets damaged. Finally, design a communication campaign to share your top tips with other students for preparing a waste free lunch. You could use a leaflet or poster to share your ideas. Things to think about • What sorts of packaging people use at the moment to store their packed lunch? • How much of it is reusable? • Which bits of waste from your packed lunch are biodegradable? • How do you think they will be disposed of? • Can any packaging be recycled? If so, how and where? Useful resources • packagingdigest.com/sustain able-packaging • trendhunter.com/slideshow/s ustainable-food Health and safety To avoid any accidents, make sure you stick to the following health and safety guidelines before getting started: • find out if any of the materials, equipment or methods are hazardous using science.cleapss.org.uk/Resou rces/Student-Safety- Sheets/ • assess the risks (think about what could go wrong and how serious it might be); • Ensure you complete this experiment in a food tech room, not a lab. Food that has been handled in a lab should never be consumed. • decide what you need to do to reduce any risks (such as wearing personal protective equipment, knowing how to deal with emergencies and so on); • remember, never consume or taste food or drink in the laboratory or which has been opened in the laboratory; • make sure your teacher agrees with your plan and risk assessment. 18

Ageing Society | AI and Data | Clean Growth | Future Mobility Future jobs Project brief It is difficult to imagine a career sector which won’t be affected by one of the four Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges: Ageing Society, Artificial Intelligence, Clean Growth and Future of Mobility. In this project you will explore how one career sector might be affected by one or all of these global trends. You’ll need to report back and make recommendations about the changes needed in your chosen sector. Begin by selecting a career sector to focus on. Keep it broad rather than a specific job. For example, you could choose healthcare, agriculture, construction, TV and media – whatever you are most interested in. Research your chosen sector; find out what its purpose is, how many people are employed in this area, the latest technology being used and the impact of the sector on the environment. You could focus on a few key jobs and use a careers website to help you. Consider how the Industrial Grand Challenges might impact on jobs. Will some jobs be replaced by machines? What kind of environment will people work in? If people are living longer and there are more older people, what problems and opportunities might there be? Next, search for evidence to support your ideas. You could start by using scientific magazines such as New Scientist and Wired magazine to search for relevant articles. Ask your teacher to help you contact someone in a relevant job to interview. You will need to prepare a list of questions to find out about their current job and how they think it will change in future. Reflect on what you have found out from your research and from your interview. What are the new opportunities and the challenges in this sector? How do you think it will look in ten years’ time? Finally, consider the wider impact of your research. What changes do you think need to happen to help prepare for the future in your chosen sector? Things to think about • Which of the Grand Challenges will have the most impact? • How will artificial intelligence and data make jobs easier? • Will anyone lose out or lose their jobs? • How does your chosen career sector compare with others? • What new technology might be needed to overcome the challenges? Useful resources Volunteers who can help: • stem.org.uk/stemambassadors • inspiringthefuture.org Media sites to research online: • wired.com • newscientist.com Health and safety To avoid any accidents, make sure you stick to the following health and safety guidelines before getting started: • find out if any of the materials, equipment or methods are hazardous using science.cleapss.org.uk/Resou rces/Student-Safety- Sheets/ • assess the risks (think about what could go wrong and how serious it might be); • decide what you need to do to reduce any risks (such as wearing personal protective equipment, knowing how to deal with emergencies and so on); • make sure your teacher agrees with your plan and risk assessment. 19

Bronze level

Ten hour projects recommended for ages 11+. Find out more about this level and how to gain a CREST Award on the Bronze Awards page.


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Bronze

Getting Started Guide: Secondary
A clean break
Bath bomb challenge
Design a game controller
Fraud detection: testing metals
Home entertainment cabinet
How do rockets work
Insulating fabrics
Make a rollercoaster faster
Make a wooden pendant
Make your own animation
Make your own fizzy drink
Make your own toothpaste
Monitoring acid rain
Plant nutrients
Quality control
Revealing fingerprints
Sailing clothing
The perfect cup of tea
Treatments for dehydration
Waste free lunch
What makes bread rise
What's in food
Which crisps are crispiest
Which material is strongest
Who is the fittest in your class
Why do we use shampoo
Plant nutrients
Treatments for dehydration
Who is the fittest in your class
Bath bomb challenge
Fraud detection: testing metals
Make your own fizzy drink
Make your own toothpaste
Monitoring acid rain
Revealing fingerprints
The perfect cup of tea
What makes bread rise
What's in food
Which crisps are crispiest
Which material is strongest
Why do we use shampoo
A clean break
Fraud detection: testing metals
Revealing fingerprints
Design a game controller
Home entertainment cabinet
Make a wooden pendant
Make your own animation
Sailing clothing
Waste free lunch
Monitoring acid rain
Plant nutrients
Waste free lunch
Bath bomb challenge
Make your own fizzy drink
Quality control
The perfect cup of tea
Waste free lunch
What's in food
Which crisps are crispiest
Why do we use shampoo
Make your own toothpaste
Treatments for dehydration
Insulating fabrics
Make a wooden pendant
Which material is strongest
A clean break
How do rockets work
Make a rollercoaster faster
Quality control
Design a game controller
Home entertainment cabinet
How do rockets work
Make a rollercoaster faster
Make your own animation
Sailing clothing
Who is the fittest in your class

Silver level

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


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Silver

Getting Started Guide: Secondary
Are some jeans tougher
Art restoration
Build a model pirate ship ride
Ceramic jewellery
Cooking pasta
Design and build a disco light
Detect fraud using chromatography
Detecting drugs
Fabrics for cold weather clothing
Hit and run
How healthy is your spread
How steady is your hand
How strong are climbing ropes
Make and analyse painkillers
Make your own lipstick
Make your own tea bag
Testing toothpastes
Measuring alcohol content
Monitoring water pollution
Oral rehydration therapies
Plant growth and fertilisers
Shampoo and hair types
Testing suncreams
The fizz in fizzy drinks
The ultimate pizza box
Which crisps are healthiest
Build a model pirate ship ride
Make your own tea bag
How healthy is your spread
How steady is your hand
Monitoring water pollution
Are some jeans tougher
Art restoration
Cooking pasta
Detect fraud using chromatography
Fabrics for cold weather clothing
Hit and run
How healthy is your spread
How strong are climbing ropes
Make and analyse painkillers
Make your own lipstick
Make your own tea bag
Testing toothpastes
Measuring alcohol content
Monitoring water pollution
Oral rehydration therapies
Shampoo and hair types
Testing suncreams
The fizz in fizzy drinks
The ultimate pizza box
Which crisps are healthiest
Detect fraud using chromatography
Detecting drugs
Hit and run
Ceramic jewellery
Design and build a disco light
Fabrics for cold weather clothing
Make your own tea bag
The ultimate pizza box
Monitoring water pollution
Plant growth and fertilisers
Art restoration
Cooking pasta
How healthy is your spread
Make your own lipstick
Make your own tea bag
Testing toothpastes
Measuring alcohol content
Shampoo and hair types
The fizz in fizzy drinks
The ultimate pizza box
Which crisps are healthiest
How healthy is your spread
How steady is your hand
Make and analyse painkillers
Oral rehydration therapies
Testing suncreams
Are some jeans tougher
Art restoration
Ceramic jewellery
Fabrics for cold weather clothing
How strong are climbing ropes
Build a model pirate ship ride
Hit and run
The ultimate pizza box
Build a model pirate ship ride
Design and build a disco light
Hit and run
How steady is your hand

Gold level

Seventy hour projects recommended for ages 16+. Find out more about this level and how to gain a CREST Award on the Gold Awards page


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Gold

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