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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<strong>Howstrong> strong are climbing ropes? In this project you will investigate the properties of climbing and industrial safety ropes and find out how they are tested. You will then design your own tests to measure the strength of rope samples. Getting Started You should start this project with some research. Find out about the properties of modern climbing ropes and ropes used in industrial safety applications. Things to think about Find out about the different types of rope available and how their properties make them suitable for different applications. Testing ropes: Devise ways of testing ropes for yourself. You may be able to do some investigation of the properties of real ropes but, more likely, you will need to devise experiments for testing thinner samples (for example, nylon fishing line). You should investigate more than one property and compare your results with what you have found out about real ropes. You should probably concentrate on measuring the breaking strength of your samples and investigating how they stretch as the load on them is increased. You could devise your own version of the ‘drop test’ used by manufacturers. You must consider how you will make your tests as fair as possible so that you can make comparisons between different diameters of different materials. Useful Resources You could arrange to see a range of ropes in action - you might even want to sign up for an introductory session to climbing and rope work. Alternatively, you could visit an industrial site where safety ropes are used – perhaps a training centre for tree surgeons. Find out about ways of investigating the properties of ropes – how are ropes tested by the manufacturers? Find out about the ‘drop test’ carried out on climbing ropes. You will need to present the findings of your research into the properties Click to edit project and uses description of ropes. Decide on a good way of displaying your results. Make sure that you compare your results with what you have found out about real ropes.