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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Featured Silver project Featured Gold project Build a catamaran In this project, students will design and build a simple model catamaran. Students will then use their model to test the effectiveness of a range of different types of sail. Test the waters with the below extract: You should start this project with some research. Find out how sails ‘work’ – what are the aerodynamic principles of a sail? Detecting food fraud Your students will investigate how to use chemical analysis to detect food fraud. Get the flavour of this project with the extract below: Periodically, a new food scam hits the headlines… • 1985 - Several Austrian wine producers added ‘antifreeze’ to sweeten their wine • 2004 - Specially purified water turned out to be bottled tap water and contained a suspected carcinogen (cancer-causing chemical) • 2013 - DNA testing showed that several processed beef products contained horse meat Gather information on the main types of sail, including the more traditional types of sail. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Design and build a model catamaran for use on water if a suitable lake or pond is available. Now you’ve built your model, you should use it to test the effectiveness of different types of sails. Decide how you are going to make your tests as fair as possible. Download the full activity from the CREST library at: http://library.crestawards.org Devise a method for performing ‘consumer tests’ on one such product. Determine the concentration of several brands over a range of prices and compare their value for money. Are ‘value’ brands actually good value? You have undertaken the role of an analyst commissioned to test the products. Produce a report for your customer, detailing your evidence and conclusions. Remember, your evidence must stand up in court, so you need to make sure that you can answer any objections that may be raised and disprove any counter-arguments. Download the full activity from the CREST library at: http://library.crestawards.org 14 15