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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The CREST framework Contents CREST Star and SuperStar are aimed at primary school students aged 5-to-11 years. Students solve eight one-hour science, technology, engineering, and maths challenges through practical investigation. CREST Discovery is a great first introduction to project work and can be done in one day; typically undertaken by 10-to-14 year-olds. CREST Bronze allows students to experience the project process; improving their enquiry, problem solving and communication skills. Typically completed by 11-to-14 year-olds. CREST Silver allows students to develop their own project idea and gain experience of the scientific process. Typically completed by 13-to-16 years. CREST Gold can be used to enhance UCAS personal statements and is well regarded by employers. Typically completed by 16-to-19 year-olds. 4 5 7 8 10 10 12 13 14 15 16 18 What is CREST? What are CREST Bronze, Silver and Gold? The CREST criteria How it works Choosing a project idea CREST resources Typical project timeline Featured Bronze project Featured Silver project Featured Gold project Impact of CREST Making the most of CREST 2 3