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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Home entertainment cabinet

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Design and build a cabinet for your home entertainment system. This resource is published under an Attribution - non-commercial - no derivatives 4.0 International creative commons licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). For more information visit our Terms and Conditions (www.crestawards.org/terms-and-conditions).

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Page 1 of 2 Home entertainment cabinet With all the different components needed for a home entertainment system, the potential for a chaotic mess of boxes and wires in your living room is immense. How can all the components and their wires be built into one unit? In this project you will design and build a cabinet for your home entertainment system. Getting Started Decide what you would like to fit into the cabinet and what you need and work out what sorts of dimensions are generally used for these components. Survey the types of cabinet currently available on the market. Identify the good design features of each. Design a cabinet that incorporates all the components and all the best features of existing systems. Things to think about Do all the components fit into the cabinet correctly? What do other people think of your design? You could conduct a survey of ‘customer satisfaction’ Building your cabinet: Once you have a design, you need to think about how your cabinet will be built. You need to think about: • The dimensions and weight of each component. You could make cardboard boxes of the right dimensions, and put weights in them based on information you find in the technical specifications. • The connections between each component - can they all be wired together easily, with the wires be hidden away? • The heat produced by each component - how will the cabinet be ventilated? • The type of material the cabinet will be built out of - how will you join it together? Carry out tests to make sure the materials and the joins are going to be strong enough before you start building. Remember to think about costs of material. Click to edit project description • The aesthetics and ergonomics of the cabinet. You may want to do some research to find out what these terms mean – or ask your teacher! Once you have built your cabinet think about whether you managed to include everything you intended to. What problems did you have? Useful Resources Why not conduct a survey of all the different components needed for a comprehensive home entertainment system?

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

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

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