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 How do fertilisers affect plant growth? Despite the high rate of growth in rainforests the soil in these forests is poor in nutrients. The nutrients have been washed out of the soils by heavy rainfall. In this project you are going to investigate how different kinds of compost and fertiliser affect the rate of growth of plants. Getting started Things to think about • How will you measure the rate of growth of your seedlings? • What will you measure and how often? • How can you ensure it is a fair test? • How do your results compare to your research? • How will you present your results clearly? Useful resources Why not contact a local gardener or farmer to find out about the different nutrients required and the different kinds of composts and fertilisers they use. You could contact a local plant nursery or agricultural college and arrange a visit and discussion about plant nutrients and the use of different composts and fertilisers. You could collect ideas for doing your own investigations. Click to edit project description