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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How to run a Bronze project CREST Bronze Awards are very flexible, and can be delivered in a number of ways: • You or your students can come up with your own ideas for a project to investigate. This could link to other activities in your school. • You could use the ready-made plans and resources available on our website to run a Bronze project: www.crestawards.org • You could arrange for an external education provider run a Bronze project with your students. This could be at your school, or at another location such as a museum. You can find information about a range of CREST accredited schemes at www.crestawards.org Recording student projects You should make decisions at an early stage about the way that your students record their work. They can either: Use a CREST Bronze workbook Complete a CREST Bronze student profile and their own project report Record the work in an accessible way Workbooks are a structured way to record students’ projects and guide the students through the project process. They include the information asked for in the student profile and relate directly to the CREST criteria. Using these, students should gather enough evidence of their project and thought processes in order to submit for a CREST Bronze Award. Students working on team projects should each fill in a CREST Bronze Award student workbook. Some students may want to write up their own project report, or present their project through video or blogs. You may need to give additional support to students. If you feel that significant support is necessary to help the student through the project, it may be better to consider using a workbook. Whilst working on their project, students need to complete a Bronze student profile to go with their project report which will indicate how they meet all the CREST criteria. You can use discretion over how students work is recorded and presented. For example, it may be more appropriate to: • record the student working, and have a supporting adult complete the student profile on their behalf • provide a scribe for the student to fill out the workbook • use in person interviews Students working on team projects should produce a joint team report and attach individual Bronze Award student profiles for each team member. xxx
Guide for assessors A teacher or technician in school/college or a home educator can assess CREST Bronze Awards. Ideally, the assessor shouldn’t be the same person who has been facilitating the CREST projects. To complete the assessment, they will need: • The project work - the Bronze workbook or - project report and student profile • The assessment criteria • Student details (age, disability, special circumstances etc.) The aim of assessment at Bronze level is: • To confirm that all students contributed at least 10 hours work • To confirm that the subject knowledge/skill level is appropriate for the age or ability of the student • To confirm that the student(s) did the work themselves • To assess the project against the CREST criteria How to assess 1. Start by reviewing the materials produced by the students. Assess the students’ work against each criterion in the assessment grid. At all stages of assessment, take age and special circumstances into account. 2. Discuss the project with the student, focusing on areas where you would need more evidence for the CREST criteria. During the discussion, confirm the level and length of the work and that the project was completed by the student(s). Possible actions are: Achievement level Action 11+ out of 15 criteria met Award Bronze 5/6 weak areas Request further information or work from the student 6+ weak areas Consider not awarding Many criteria met at an advanced level of scientific knowledge, and student spent 30+ hours on the project Consider submitting for Silver Award 3. The results of the assessment should then be added to the project on your CREST account.