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:
To browse the briefs, click the buttons below or scroll down.
Click to edit project description www.crestawards.org
Page 1 of 2 Make a skateboard In this project you will design, make and test a skateboard. You will research skateboards designs – their shapes, the materials they are made from and factors effecting performance. You will research how skateboards are tested. Finally, you will design, build and test your own skateboard thinking about how it could be mass produced. Getting started List all the things you already know about skateboards. Collect a few examples to investigate more closely. Research Carry out some research into skateboard design and how they vary. Find out about the different components - how are they manufactured and designed? What different shapes and sizes are skateboards available in? Research the science behind skateboarding and what affects performance. You need to decide which materials will be best to make your skateboard deck. Use databases and other resources to find out properties of materials, and design and carry out some tests to see what’s most suitable. For example, the deck must be strong and rigid, and the surface finish must have good grip, be waterproof and be hardwearing. Design Use your research to come up with a design for your skateboard. If you plan to make the skateboard you will need to think about the ease of sourcing and shaping the materials. Making the product If you have the time and resources, you should try to make your design. You will have to carry out a lot of research to find out about techniques used for cutting, shaping and joining materials. Click to edit project description Make sure you complete a thorough risk assessment before using tools and before testing your product. Mass production If you manage to successfully make a prototype skateboard deck you could research how you might mass produce it. Think about how the manufacturing process would change if you had to make your product in batches of 500. Things to think about How will you safely design, make and test your skateboard? Which design or materials make the "best" skateboard? Is the "best" skateboard easily mass produced, or would another design or material be better? Could you automate any of the processes? Could Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) be used to improve the process? Useful resources Contact skateboard manufacturers to find out how they test their boards Speak to your D&T departments to see if they have any materials that you can use. Local hardware and specialist stores may also be able to help.