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 The perfect cup of tea Most people know how to make a cup of tea. But not everyone makes it the same way. In this project, you can carry out some experiments to work out how to make the perfect cup of tea for you. Then you’ll write a standard procedure (a set of really detailed instructions) so that other people can make tea just how you like it. Getting Started Setting up some experiments: Any results will depend on your own personal taste. But you can still carry out some fair tests to decide how you like your tea best. All the things listed above are variables. If you keep them all the same, but change one, you can work out what you prefer. For example make three cups of tea keeping all these things the same: The amount of water The type and amount of milk and whether you put it in before or after the water. The same number and type of tea bag and the length of time you leave it in the cup. Use three different temperatures of water (for example, one cup with 50 oC, one with 75 oC and one with 100 oC). By tasting each cup, you can decide which temperature of water to use for your perfect cup of tea. Do lots more experiments, but keep different variables the same, and change others. After each experiment, you should write down your preference. Instructions on how to make the perfect cuppa: Now you’ve decided on all your personal variables you can write a standard procedure. This is a set of really detailed instructions (a bit like a recipe) so people can make tea exactly how you want them to. Click to edit project description Things to think about How much water should you use and how hot should it be? How much tea should you use? Will you use tea bags, or loose tea? How much milk will you use, and will you put it in before or after the water? What sort of milk will you use: full fat, semi-skimmed or skimmed? How long should you leave the tea bag (or tea leaves) in the cup? Do you want sugar? How much? Useful Resources Go to a local supermarket and find a variety of teas. Try boiling bottled and tap water to see if there's a difference.