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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Make and analyse pain relievers In this project, you will make your own aspirin or paracetamol. You will then test the purity of your homemade pain-reliever and compare it to shop-bought painrelievers. Getting Started You should start this project with some research into over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers. Analysing OTC pain-relievers: When you’ve made your pain-relievers, you should try to use standard procedures to test their purity. Try using the same standard procedures to check the purity of some shop-bought painrelievers. See if they contain the stated amounts of active ingredients. You should also find out about how to use chemical tests and chromatography to identify unknown OTC pain relievers. When you’ve discovered how it’s done, try the test yourself. Get a few different tablets, mix them up, and try to work out what they are. Things to think about What are OTC medicines? Ask people what OTC pain relievers they use and why. Among the people you ask, what are the most popular OTC painreliever brands? Group various products according to active ingredient. These are written on the side of the packaging. Which ones do you think offer the best value for money? Think about the range of forms OTC pain relievers are available in - for example, tablets, capsules, liquid. Why do you think there is such a variety? What other information can you find on the labels - for example, recommended doses, instructions for storage? Useful Resources You can find standard procedures in pharmacopoeias, or you could try looking on the internet. Alternatively, you could contact an analytical chemist in industry or a university and ask for advice. Click to edit project description