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.


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Gold Grand Challenges

  • Text
  • Industrial
  • Challenges
  • Reduce
  • Crest
  • Materials
  • Ageing
  • Investigate
  • Assess
  • Aviation
  • Mobility

Clean Growth | Future of

Clean Growth | Future of Mobility Alternative fuel flights Activity created by Project brief In this project you will investigate the current use of sustainable and alternative fuel sources for air travel and research their potential for growth, and current limitations. Start by looking at how many flights there are daily, annually and how many of these are sustainable/alternative fuel flights. You could use a flight radar website to do this. Decide how you will approach the project and the resources you could use for your research. These could include interviews with experts in the industry, company websites and government legislation. You should compare the strategies of at least two different aviation companies in your research. Ask your teacher to help you contact an expert in the aviation industry or a university researcher specialising in aviation technology. Prepare some questions for them to find out more about the latest developments in their field of work or research. Research current and alternative aviation fuel sources currently being considered to power commercial aviation to 2050. Consider why alternative aviation fuel technologies are required and how these link to government environmental targets. Investigate at least three alternative/sustainable fuels which are currently being used or developed for future use. Using your research decide what you think the future will look like for the aviation industry. Create an A3 poster to present the findings from your research. Things to think about • Why do we need to have a sustainable aviation industry? • Why do we need to consider alternative aviation fuel? • What are the negative impacts on the environment of aviation? • What is the industry doing to minimise the impacts on the environment? • Which are the most interesting alternative fuel sources/sustainable sources of fuel being developed? Useful resources Aviation company websites: • ICAO • IATA • CORSIA • Boeing • Airbus • flightradar24.com/60,15/6 • icao.int/environmentalprotection/GFAAF/Pages/de fault.aspx Health and safety To avoid any accidents, make sure you stick to the following health and safety guidelines before getting started: • find out if any of the materials, equipment or methods are hazardous using science.cleapss.org.uk/Resou rces/Student-Safety- Sheets/ • assess the risks (think about what could go wrong and how serious it might be); • decide what you need to do to reduce any risks (such as wearing personal protective equipment, knowing how to deal with emergencies and so on); • make sure your teacher agrees with your plan and risk assessment. 14

AI and Data How could AI prevent infection? Activity created by Project brief In this project you will design an app which monitors health and lifestyle to identify, as early as possible, the likelihood of a person developing a disease which affects the immune system. These diseases increase the susceptibility to infection from multi-resistant bacteria. Start by researching disease areas which affect the immune system (e.g. diabetes and cancer) using your text book or online. Choose one of these to focus your project on. Ask your teacher to put you in touch with a relevant professional working in pharmaceuticals or healthcare. Find out how the disease impacts on the immune system and how it might put patients at risk of an infection from multi-resistant bacteria. Find out what steps can be taken to reduce the risk of developing the diseases. Use your research to design a concept for your app. Identify what data you would need to track to monitor susceptibility to the disease, e.g. waist circumference as one identifier of risk of Type 2 diabetes. Consider what alerts the app could send the user to reduce risk of developing the disease. Produce a wire frame for your app showing the user facing screens and annotate it to explain how it would work. Things to think about • Who will benefit from reduced susceptibility to infection from multi-resistant bacteria? • What are the risks and ethical issues to using an app to identify those at risk of developing a disease? • How will your app differ from those health-related apps which have already been developed? • Who would use your app and would it be accessible to everyone? • What steps can society take now, to reduce future risk of developing diseases which weaken the immune system? Useful resources • abpischools.org.uk/topic/antimicrob ial-resistance • abpischools.org.uk/ • abpi.org.uk/what-we-do/globalcampaigns/we-wont-rest/for-thechance/ • antibioticguardian.com/keepantibiotics-working/ • improvement.nhs.uk/resources/fight ing-antimicrobial-resistance/ • euro.who.int/en/healthtopics/diseaseprevention/antimicrobialresistance/news/news/2018/11/ofall-human-diseases,-60-originate-inanimals-one-health-is-the-only-wayto-keep-antibiotics-working • youtube.com/watch?time_continue= 6&v=zbV7Y_j3s9M • youtube.com/watch?time_continue= 1&v=SfT79NaQoIE • apps.beta.nhs.uk/?page=1 Health and safety To avoid any accidents, make sure you stick to the following health and safety guidelines before getting started: • find out if any of the materials, equipment or methods are hazardous using science.cleapss.org.uk/Resources/St udent-Safety-Sheets/ • assess the risks (think about what could go wrong and how serious it might be); • keep in mind the potential sensitivity of this topic; • pay attention to any disclaimer on the suggested websites above; • decide what you need to do to reduce any risks (such as wearing personal protective equipment, knowing how to deal with emergencies and so on); • take care if collecting any personal data in your survey; • make sure your teacher agrees with your plan and risk assessment. 15

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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Bronze

Getting Started Guide: Secondary
A clean break
Bath bomb challenge
Design a game controller
Fraud detection: testing metals
Home entertainment cabinet
How do rockets work
Insulating fabrics
Make a rollercoaster faster
Make a wooden pendant
Make your own animation
Make your own fizzy drink
Make your own toothpaste
Monitoring acid rain
Plant nutrients
Quality control
Revealing fingerprints
Sailing clothing
The perfect cup of tea
Treatments for dehydration
Waste free lunch
What makes bread rise
What's in food
Which crisps are crispiest
Which material is strongest
Who is the fittest in your class
Why do we use shampoo
Plant nutrients
Treatments for dehydration
Who is the fittest in your class
Bath bomb challenge
Fraud detection: testing metals
Make your own fizzy drink
Make your own toothpaste
Monitoring acid rain
Revealing fingerprints
The perfect cup of tea
What makes bread rise
What's in food
Which crisps are crispiest
Which material is strongest
Why do we use shampoo
A clean break
Fraud detection: testing metals
Revealing fingerprints
Design a game controller
Home entertainment cabinet
Make a wooden pendant
Make your own animation
Sailing clothing
Waste free lunch
Monitoring acid rain
Plant nutrients
Waste free lunch
Bath bomb challenge
Make your own fizzy drink
Quality control
The perfect cup of tea
Waste free lunch
What's in food
Which crisps are crispiest
Why do we use shampoo
Make your own toothpaste
Treatments for dehydration
Insulating fabrics
Make a wooden pendant
Which material is strongest
A clean break
How do rockets work
Make a rollercoaster faster
Quality control
Design a game controller
Home entertainment cabinet
How do rockets work
Make a rollercoaster faster
Make your own animation
Sailing clothing
Who is the fittest in your class

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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Silver

Getting Started Guide: Secondary
Are some jeans tougher
Art restoration
Build a model pirate ship ride
Ceramic jewellery
Cooking pasta
Design and build a disco light
Detect fraud using chromatography
Detecting drugs
Fabrics for cold weather clothing
Hit and run
How healthy is your spread
How steady is your hand
How strong are climbing ropes
Make and analyse painkillers
Make your own lipstick
Make your own tea bag
Testing toothpastes
Measuring alcohol content
Monitoring water pollution
Oral rehydration therapies
Plant growth and fertilisers
Shampoo and hair types
Testing suncreams
The fizz in fizzy drinks
The ultimate pizza box
Which crisps are healthiest
Build a model pirate ship ride
Make your own tea bag
How healthy is your spread
How steady is your hand
Monitoring water pollution
Are some jeans tougher
Art restoration
Cooking pasta
Detect fraud using chromatography
Fabrics for cold weather clothing
Hit and run
How healthy is your spread
How strong are climbing ropes
Make and analyse painkillers
Make your own lipstick
Make your own tea bag
Testing toothpastes
Measuring alcohol content
Monitoring water pollution
Oral rehydration therapies
Shampoo and hair types
Testing suncreams
The fizz in fizzy drinks
The ultimate pizza box
Which crisps are healthiest
Detect fraud using chromatography
Detecting drugs
Hit and run
Ceramic jewellery
Design and build a disco light
Fabrics for cold weather clothing
Make your own tea bag
The ultimate pizza box
Monitoring water pollution
Plant growth and fertilisers
Art restoration
Cooking pasta
How healthy is your spread
Make your own lipstick
Make your own tea bag
Testing toothpastes
Measuring alcohol content
Shampoo and hair types
The fizz in fizzy drinks
The ultimate pizza box
Which crisps are healthiest
How healthy is your spread
How steady is your hand
Make and analyse painkillers
Oral rehydration therapies
Testing suncreams
Are some jeans tougher
Art restoration
Ceramic jewellery
Fabrics for cold weather clothing
How strong are climbing ropes
Build a model pirate ship ride
Hit and run
The ultimate pizza box
Build a model pirate ship ride
Design and build a disco light
Hit and run
How steady is your hand

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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Gold

Getting Started Guide: Secondary
A balanced diet
Aerodynamic sails
Brighter after a cup of tea
Build a model waltzer
Build a pinhole camera
Build a robotic ball boy
Compare fabric properties
Compare suncreams
Design the ultimate toothbrush
Detecting food fraud
Fruit juice or fizzy drinks
How much starch is in a potato
How quick are your reactions
Investigating crash damage
Investigating metal jewellery
Investigating vitamin supplements
Make a skateboard
Make a speaker system
Measuring alcohol levels
Monitoring lead pollution
The effect of additives on bread
The effect of treatments on hair
The perfect colour lipstick
The properties of saucepans
Which fertiliser
Build a model waltzer
Build a pinhole camera
A balanced diet
How quick are your reactions
Investigating vitamin supplements
Measuring alcohol levels
The effect of treatments on hair
Which fertiliser
A balanced diet
Brighter after a cup of tea
Compare fabric properties
Compare suncreams
Detecting food fraud
Fruit juice or fizzy drinks
How much starch is in a potato
Investigating metal jewellery
Investigating vitamin supplements
Monitoring lead pollution
The effect of additives on bread
The effect of treatments on hair
The perfect colour lipstick
The properties of saucepans
Which fertiliser
Investigating crash damage
Measuring alcohol levels
Build a pinhole camera
Build a robotic ball boy
Design the ultimate toothbrush
Make a skateboard
How much starch is in a potato
Monitoring lead pollution
Which fertiliser
Brighter after a cup of tea
Detecting food fraud
Fruit juice or fizzy drinks
How much starch is in a potato
The effect of additives on bread
The effect of treatments on hair
The perfect colour lipstick
What makes bread rise
A balanced diet
Compare suncreams
Fruit juice or fizzy drinks
Investigating vitamin supplements
Measuring alcohol levels
Compare fabric properties
Design the ultimate toothbrush
Investigating metal jewellery
The properties of saucepans
Aerodynamic sails
Build a model waltzer
Build a robotic ball boy
Investigating crash damage
Make a skateboard
Make a speaker system
Aerodynamic sails
Build a model waltzer
Build a robotic ball boy
How quick are your reactions
Investigating crash damage
Make a skateboard
Make a speaker system