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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Choosing a project idea There are three options for choosing a project: 1. Support students to create and design their own project You can build CREST into the curriculum to help students look at topics in a new, innovative way. Or, you can encourage students to undertake a project on something they’ve always been interested in. The flexibility of CREST means there’s something for everyone! 2. Arrange for an external education provider to run a project with your students This could be at your school or at a location with an accredited resource, such as a museum. We have lots of great accredited resources or activities. If you’d like to visit somewhere or have someone come into your school, take a look at this list of accredited resources. https://crestawards. org/crest-accreditedresources-and-activities 3. Use a resource from the CREST library We’ve got tons of resources to choose from. Help your students find one that fits their interests and helps them look at the world in a more creative, analytical way. http://library. crestawards.org/ Mentors Mentors are strongly recommended at Gold level, preferred at Silver and optional at Bronze. To find a mentor for a project, you can: • Request support through the STEM Ambassadors Scheme • Contact local universities with a public outreach department We encourage students to access support from a mentor who works in a STEM field related to their CREST project topic. Mentors can play an important role in CREST projects by offering their experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to help inspire students. They can open a window into what working in STEM can be like and help students value the work they are doing. Find out more about getting a mentor here: http://bsa.sc/crest-mentor Below you can see some example project titles Bronze • How do rockets work? • Incredible inoculations • Future travel research • Make your own toothpaste Silver • Design and make a catamaran • Art restoration • Build a robot • Monitoring water pollution Gold • Design and build a speaker system • Build a model waltzer • Detecting food fraud • Investigating crash damage 10 11