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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How do rockets work

  • Text
  • Rocket
  • Rockets
  • Maximum
  • Investigate
  • Altitude
  • Payload
  • Launching
  • Propelled
  • Height
  • Factors
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Page 1 of 2 How do rockets work? In this project you will make and test a model rocket kit taking great care when firing it. You could also measure the height reached by the rocket and factors that affect this. Getting started You must follow guidance from the UK Rocketry Association and especially their Code of Practice. Take great care when firing rockets – make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter, and always have an adult supervising you. If you have a calm day, and different powers of engine, investigate the effect of differing engine size. You could measure the maximum altitude reached by a rocket by using a clinometer and a long tape measure or trundle wheel – a distant observer measures the maximum angle reached by the rocket, and then uses trigonometry to calculate the height. You might have to get some help or carry out some research to find out what all these different terms mean. Your teacher would be a good starting point! You could also measure the flight time – a calm day is absolutely essential for this. Some model rockets have a nose cone with a compartment that can carry a payload such as plasticine. How does the maximum altitude or flight time vary with payload mass? What are the consequences of this for firework manufacturers? Click to edit project description Things to think about Which model rocket kit are you going to use and why? When are you going to test your rocket? Useful resources A model rocket kit can be purchased from model toy shops or online.

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