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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Student name(s): Project title: To achieve a CREST Award, students must meet a minimum of 11 out of the 15 criteria. CREST Bronze Award checklist Has this been demonstrated? 1 – Planning the project The students set a clear aim for the project and broke it down into smaller objectives The students explained a wider purpose for the project The students identified a range of approaches to completing the project The students described their plan for how to complete the project and why they chose that approach The students planned and organised their time well 2 – Throughout the project The students made good use of the materials and people available The students researched the background to the project and acknowledged their sources appropriately 3 – Finalising the project The students made logical conclusions and explained the implications for the wider world The students explained how their actions and decisions affected the project’s outcome The students explained what they have learnt and reflected on what they could improve 4 – Project-wide criteria The students showed understanding of the science behind their project, appropriate to their level The students made decisions to direct the project, taking account of ethical and safety issues The students showed creative thinking The students identified and overcame problems successfully The students explained their project clearly, in both writing and conversation After CREST Bronze Awards After completing CREST Bronze Awards, your students can go on to work towards their CREST Silver Award.