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.
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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What is CREST? CREST is a scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers. Student-led It is the UK’s only nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). What are CREST Bronze, Silver and Gold? CREST Bronze provides a real-life experience of ‘being’ a scientist. It allows students to experience the project process; improving their enquiry, problem solving and communication skills. England and Wales: KS3/ Level 1 Scotland: S1, S2 & S3 Northern Ireland: KS3 International: IB Middle Years Programme Flexible CREST gives young people aged 5–19 the chance to choose their own subject and methodology for their hands-on investigation. Trusted A consistent, high standard of assessment and moderation is achieved for the scheme via our network of industry experts from the STEM and education sectors. It has been running since 1986 with tens of thousands of young people taking part each year. Cost Student time required Assessment Upon completion £5 per student 10 hours You or another facilitator should assess the students as they work and then submit their projects online Get certificates for your students Accessible CREST provides activities and project ideas for a range of ages, group sizes and abilities. From off-the-shelf, one-hour long challenges through to large-scale, student-led projects of over 70 hours of work or more, CREST can be done by anyone. 4 5
Ten hour projects recommended for ages 11+. Find out more about this level and how to gain a CREST Award on the Bronze Awards page.
Thirty hour projects recommended for ages 14+. Find out more about this level and how to gain a CREST Award on the Silver Award page.
Seventy hour projects recommended for ages 16+. Find out more about this level and how to gain a CREST Award on the Gold Awards page
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