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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Generating questions for CREST This document is intended to help CREST students who may be struggling to come up with a project idea and to help them generate a question that is relevant to them and their daily lives. Using this document you’ll be able to narrow down areas and topics that interest you, coming up with a question that is relevant to both the world around you, and your every day life. CREST is all about tackling an issue that interests you, so use this document to find something that inspires you to learn more! “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!” but rather, “hmm… that’s funny…” – Isaac Asimov The problem A scientific problem always starts with a question, but sometimes it can be difficult to figure out how to ask an effective question. To help you generate questions for a CREST project, start with something that is relevant to you – it can be something of interest, something that is happening around you, or an activity or experience closer to home. These factors are in no particular order and can be applied separately or linked together if it works for you. Take a look at the diagram below and use it to come up with a broad problem that you think you would like to complete a CREST project on. INTEREST What are you passionate about? What topics are you drawn to or which interests do you spend the most time on? In which field would you want to contribute? Can you name three areas where you are especially interested? PERSONAL EXPERIENCE What could make your life easier everyday? What could have helped your friend or a loved one during a challenging time? What experience would have been different if a certain solution was made available? CURRENT EVENTS What is a prevalent problem in your local community or school? What are the causes for a particular challenge in your day-today life? What change could make your situation better? Did you want to improve on a current technology?