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 Investigating metal jewellery In this project you will find out about the properties of metals that make them suitable for making jewellery. You will also design some tests to investigate these properties, as well as finding out how jewellery is protected and restored. Getting started You should begin with some research. Find out what metals are used to make jewellery and think about why these metals are used. You may find it useful to contact some jewellery manufacturers, or engineers who work with metal. Testing metals You should develop a number of procedures to test the properties of metals. Things to think about How easy are the metals to work – for example, can you cut, drill, shape and form them? How do you join the metals? You could test soldering, welding or sticking. Can they be joined to other materials, such as gemstones? How strong are the metals? What type of strength is needed? Are they resistant to household products? Do they corrode? If so, how can they be protected? Do they require any special cleaning methods? Useful resources You may find it useful to contact some jewellery manufacturers, or engineers who work with metal. You may like to try linking up with a restorative scientist from a museum, to find out how museums clean up old artefacts. For example, how do they restore Roman brooches to their original state? Click to edit project description