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 your own lipstick In this project, you will make your own lipstick or lip gloss and investigate how lipsticks are coloured. Getting Started First things first, find a lipstick or a lip gloss recipe. These are readily available if you have a look on the internet- try searching for “homemade lipstick”. Picking the pigments: Carry out some research into how lipstick is coloured. What are pigments, and how do they vary? You should now make your own coloured lipstick or lip gloss - or preferably both! Experiment with different pigments and amounts of pigments until you have the desired colour. Now you’ve experimented with different pigments, do you think you could work out how to copy any coloured lipstick? If you think you can, have a go! Design and make a mould for the lipstick. Re-writing the recipe: When you’ve made your lipstick and carried out a few tests, you should re-write the recipe. Make it as unambiguous as possible. That way anyone who follows your recipe should make identical lipsticks. You could include illustrations as well. Click to edit project description Things to think about You could try testing shop-bought lipsticks and lip glosses as well. How do they compare to your product? Which do you think offers the best value for money? Useful Resources When making a lipstick container why not recycle old containers and either use or develop these?