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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2.2 Record what you do as you carry out your project - This might include records of more detailed research, diagrams, descriptions of methods used, photos/videos or even weblinks for blogs. Think about any decisions you had to make, maybe to overcome a problem, and record how you came to your decision. 2.3 Record what you find out – Record the results of your tests and think about what they tell you. Were the results what you expected? What have you learned from your tests? Also note down if you changed your plans or ideas based on your tests.
3 – Finalising your project An important part of CREST projects is thinking about what you’ve done. At the end of your project, use these questions to help you reflect on what you did. Remember it’s OK to say you didn’t get something 3.1 Was your project successful? Why? – What went well in your project? Did you meet the aim that you set at the start? How? 3.2 What impact could your project have on other people? For example, does it relate to environmental issues or provide a solution that may improve peoples’ lives? 3.3 What would you do differently if you were doing this project again? Why? – What could you have done to make your project even better? 3.4 What do you think you have learned from doing this project? – What do you know at the end of your project that you didn’t know at the start? What can you do now that you couldn’t do before? How did learning these things help you with your project? 3.5 How will you communicate your project? Who to? – Who would be interested in the results of your project? What is the best way to share your work?