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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1 - Planning your project Setting out what you are going to investigate/design 1.1 Set a clear aim for your project – What do you want to do/make/find out? Can you break this down into smaller steps or objectives which will help you to plan your project? 1.2 Why do you want to do your project? - How does it link to everyday life? Does it affect you or people you might know? 1.3 What are the different ways that you could complete your aim? – Write your aim in the centre below, and put your ideas around the outside. If you want to add extra drawings/diagrams then please include these at the end of the workbook or separately. write your aim here
1.4 What can you find out about your project idea? – This will help you decide how to do your project. Has anyone else done a similar project before? If so, what did they do? Where did you find the information? What I found out Where I got the information from 1.5 Which of your ideas is the best way to achieve your aim? 1.6 Why did you choose this idea or approach? You can use diagrams or words to explain.