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.
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Shampoo and different hair types There are lots of different liquids that we use to clean things. In this project you can do some experiments to see why we use shampoo to wash our hair. You will investigate how different shampoos affect the appearance of different hair types. Getting Started Start by thinking about shampoo and other liquid cleaning products. What shampoos do you and your friends use? Why do they choose them? Why don’t we wash our hair with washingup liquid or liquid soap? Picking your samples: If you look around you’ll notice lots of different hair types - different colours, different levels of waviness and different thickness for example. You need to decide how many different hair types you’ll need to test in order to gain a fair representation of the population. You’ll also need to decide how many hairs make up one sample. Most school microscopes use low magnification. In other words, they can’t see really small things. To see things under a high magnification you need to use an oil immersion lens. Ask your teacher how to do this. You could also try gaining access to a powerful microscope, perhaps by speaking to your local hospital. This will allow you to look at your hair samples in much greater detail. Washing the samples: Remember to keep all non-variables constant. For example, amount of cleaning product, temperature of water and method of drying. You should test about three different shampoos on each hair type. You should also test other liquid cleaning products, such as washing-up liquid. When the hair has been washed and dried, look at it again under the microscope: Click to edit project description Has it changed? How? Did the different types of cleaner/shampoo make a difference? Did the type of hair make much difference? What are the pH values of the cleaning products you used? What difference do you think the pH value makes? Things to think about People don’t just wash their hair - they style it and colour it, too. So you could investigate the effect these sorts of treatments have on hair. Again, you’ll need to think about sampling a range of hair types. It’s up to you which sorts of treatment you want to look at. Some suggestions are, curling straight hair, blow-dying hair, or use of hairspray. You may want to test these over a period of time. In other words, see if prolonged use makes a difference. Again, remember to keep non-variables constant. Useful Resources You might want to visit a hairdresser and ask why they use certain shampoos on certain hair types.