Secondary project briefs (ages 11+)

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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How it works 1 Sign up for a free CREST account 2 Choose project(s) 3 Run the project(s) 4 Record project work 5 Assess your project(s) 6 Certify your project(s) Sign up for a free CREST account online. You or your students can use these accounts to enter students, create projects, submit and assess project work and pay CREST entry fees. sign-in CREST Gold Award checklist Students have many options when deciding on a project. Go to page 10 to find out more. Personal reflections This is the fun part! Your students should work independently (either in groups or individually), with your support. The CREST Teacher and Student Guides can help guide you through the project process. Find the guides when you log in to your CREST account sign-in. Bronze: Students can either complete a CREST Bronze workbook or write a project report and accompanying profile form. Silver and Gold: Students should create a project report and complete the accompanying profile form. Bronze Awards should be assessed by you (or another educator), using our tried and tested assessment framework. You can then upload a sample of the work your students completed. Silver and Gold Awards assessed by a trained assessor from industry or academia, working in a similar field to the project. Go online, pay and submit your students work. At Silver and Gold level your students can also do this themselves. Student/team members’ names Project title Mentor name 1 – Planning your project Set a clear aim and break it down into sma ler steps/objectives Explain the wider purpose of your project Consider different ways to do your project Describe your plan for how to complete your project and give reasons for the approach you chose Explain how you planned your time and organised who would do what Before you start: Check the CREST Gold Award student guide for all the guidance and information you’ll need to complete your CREST Award. 2 – Throughout your project During the project: Use the checklist on the next page to make sure your project is on track. Say who and what materials you needed to help you complete your project Summarise the background research you did to help you understand your project and where you found the information Completing your project: To complete your project, you should upload the following documents: • A project report • This student profile • If you’re doing a team project, each team member should have a separate student profile. Groups that have done separate project work should submit separately, so that each project is assessed on its own merits. 3 – Finalising your project Make logical conclusions and explain the implications for the wider world Describe how what you did affected the outcome of your project Explain what you learned and how you would change your project if you did it again 4- Project-wide criteria Show understanding of the science behind your project Describe how you made sensible decisions about your project. Consider safety and risks Show creativity in the way you carried out your project Managed by Supported by Explain how you identified and overcame problems Explain your project clearly in writing and/or conversation My mentor Tips for your project report: • Use pictures, graphs, diagrams or photos to help explain things • Include where you found the information for your background research • Use the checklist on the next page to make sure you include everything you need to achieve your CREST Gold Award • Number the pages in your report • Do not upload documents or images that could be used to identify yourself e.g. photos of you or your classmates, personal contact details etc. Now that you’ve finished your project, use this space to add further thoughts on what you did and evaluate each stage of the project process. The CREST Gold Award student guide gives an example of what to include. You can continue on a separate sheet if necessary and use diagrams or pictures if you want to. • How my project was successful/not successful • What I learned • What impact the results of my project might have on other people/the wider world • What I would have done to improve my work • What I’d do to develop the project in the future What role did your mentor have in your project? Ask your mentor to confirm that this project is your work by signing below. Signature of mentor Date Where do you show this in your report or project record? Example: Page 2, paragraph 5 Your notes to the assessor (optional) Mentors Mentors are strongly recommended at Gold level, preferred at Silver, and optional at Bronze. Go to page 11 to find out more. For all levels, students should each complete a profile form (or workbook at Bronze level). The project report can take any shape but should meet at least 11 of the 15 criteria. Have a look at the criteria on page 7. 8 9

Bronze level

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.

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Silver level

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.

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Gold level

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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