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.
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How to run CREST using these activities Preparation Ready to get going with CREST? Enter your student(s) Award by signing up for a CREST Account here: crestawards.org/sign-in Create a new Silver Award project with the name(s) of the student(s) and the title of their project. If you don’t have all the details, you can fill these in later. Run the project We have some super handy workbooks and profiles for your students to use when running a CREST Award. You can download these when you create your CREST account by following the link above. Encourage your students to use the workbook or profile to plan and carry out their project, keeping a record of all their amazing progress. Make sure you consider safety and risks! Reflection So, your students have been hard at work and completed their CREST project, but don’t let this be the end of their learning. They should now fill in any remaining sections of their profile form. This is a chance for them to reflect on all the interesting things they’ve learnt and the invaluable skills they have used. Enter your project for a CREST Silver Award Hard work deserves a reward! Celebrate and certify your students’ achievements by entering their project for a CREST Silver Award. Simply: • Log in to your CREST account at crestawards.org/sign-in • Select the project and upload a profile form per student and other project evidence. Check the participating students have met each of the criteria on the teacher assessment page. • Finally, complete the delivery and payment details to order your snazzy certificates. Congratulations on completing CREST Silver! What next? The scientific discovery doesn’t need to end here. Students can have a go at the next level up – CREST Gold. Don’t keep all the fun to yourselves, encourage others to take part in CREST projects and share the wonder of science. For free ideas on how to get started, see crestawards.org Entering your project without a teacher or facilitator? No problem! You can enter your work yourself by following this link: crestawards.org/sign-in Looking for some support? Find a mentor by contacting your local STEM Ambassador hub: stem.org.uk/stem-ambassadors/local-stem-ambassador-hubs 2
Instructions for teachers Choosing a project We want young people to use their project to explore innovative ideas and solutions. Encourage them to consider project ideas that link to their every day lives. What most interests and excites them? Students can use this project idea as inspiration or use their own ideas. They could work individually or in small groups on the same project. This pack of resources is sponsored by iLEAPS (Integrated Land Ecosystem – Atmosphere Processes Study. Resources The resource links on the project pages give a starting point for students to research but they could also do their own research. Project outcomes Your students could design and make a new product, carry out a practical investigation, do a research project or create a communication campaign for their target audience. Encourage them to consider the impact of their project on people’s lives now and in the future. Students should record their work in a final project report or presentation. Supporting students to complete their project Each project should involve approximately 30 hours of student work from start to finish. The project should be led by the students. As a teacher or mentor your role is to: • Act as a sounding board for students’ ideas and nurture the students’ work • Check your students’ project plans before they begin the next stage • Help students see mistakes and setbacks as an opportunity for positive learning and lateral thinking (leading to creativity) • Where relevant, support students to access professionals or experts who could support them • Provide access to the Internet, library books and magazines • Help students to complete their project and record their findings • Encourage them to reflect on their own performance and learning Use the tips on page 5 to help students complete their CREST Silver project report. Health and safety Students should be encouraged to make their own risk assessment before they carry out any activity, including surveys. They can use the CLEAPSS student safety sheets to help them science.cleapss.org.uk/Resources/Student- Safety-Sheets/. They should write out their project plan, identifying the risks involved in each stage and the control measures and precautions they will take. In all circumstances this must be checked by a competent person. Students using specialised equipment should be supervised at all times. Students may want to set up unorthodox experiments and you may need to seek specialist advice. Contact CLEAPSS directly cleapss.org.uk for advice if you are unsure. Teachers in Scotland should refer to SSERC www.sserc.org.uk. Unless stated, no external links have been checked by CLEAPSS. Safety checked but not trialled by CLEAPSS. 3