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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Student/team members’ names Project title Introduction You can use this workbook to plan, record and evaluate your project. Fill in the sections as you complete your project. If you are filling the workbook in electronically, all the boxes should expand so that you can add as much detail as you would like. If you are filling it in by hand, feel free to add extra sheets if you don’t have enough room. 1 – Planning your project: Set an aim for your project, and come up with ideas about the best way to achieve that aim. 2 – Throughout your project: Tell us about what you did, how you organised the project and what you found out. 3 – Finalising your project: These questions help you think about what you’ve done and learned during your project. Top tips! • Record what you do in each session. This will help you to talk about your project with your teacher and keep track of your progress. • If you don’t understand something or your project isn’t going the way you planned, ask your teacher or project lead for help. • It doesn’t matter whether your project idea ‘works’ or not – but it does matter that you can explain why it did or didn’t work. • Do not upload documents or images that could be used to identify yourself e.g. photos of you or your classmates, personal contact details etc. Managed by: Supported by: