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 Build a pinhole camera Pinhole cameras can be made very simply, and they take reasonable pictures. But it’s a little more complicated to make a pinhole camera that takes a good picture, has an automatic shutter, has a mechanism to wind on photographic film and looks like a real camera. In this project, you’ll investigate pinhole cameras and design and build your own. Getting Started Start by carrying out some research. A great website to start from is pinhole.cz, it also has numerous links to other excellent pinhole camera websites. The website also has instructions about how to make a Dirkon Paper Camera (first published in a 1970s Czechoslovakian magazine). You could start designing your pinhole by making this and thinking about how to improve it. Browse through the various websites to find out the different ways people make pinhole cameras, then design your own. Some features you may wish to think about are: • Can your camera have a controlled, automatic shutter? • Can you build a mechanism so the camera winds on commerciallyavailable camera film? • What will you build your camera from? Will it need a case to protect it? • What is a ‘bellows’. Can you make a bellows? How? Finally, you need to think about processing your pictures. You will need to research how this is done - you could try altering different variables in the process to see what affect they have. Click to edit project description Things to think about You will also notice from your research there are a number of ways in which pinhole cameras may differ. You may wish to vary these factors and investigate the effects. For example: • Focal length • pinhole diameter • number of pinholes • image format • flat or curved film plane • type of light-sensitive material Useful Resources You should also work out how to calculate the correct exposure time for your pinhole camera. Many websites also have information about this. There’s even a pinhole designer programme that can be downloaded for free.