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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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?