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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Page 1 of 2 The ultimate pizza box You’ve been asked by a fast food company to design a new take away pizza box, and to make and test a prototype. The pizza box should keep a 12-inch pizza from getting cold and damaged when it’s being delivered. It should be easy to manufacture, store and dispose of safely. Getting started Do some research into pizza boxes, you could also visit a few pizza places and check out what their boxes are like. Find out what templates are usually used to make pizza boxes - you could simply unfold a pizza box to see what it looks like. Make a template to test You need to design the template for your pizza box. You could start by making scale models from paper, just to check your ideas work. Do some research into properties of materials. Perhaps you could link up with a local higher/further education college to ask about testing techniques and use some of their equipment. Things to think about How will you keep your tests fair? How will you test Which materials are safe to use in food packaging? Is it safe to add colours and lamination on the box? Can the materials easily be made into the right shape? Ho would the manufacturing process change if you had to make your pizza boxes in batches of 100? Useful resources The material used is important - carry out some tests on the materials you’re thinking of using. It’s up to you what properties you think are most important then design the relevant tests. You could try and use something other than cardboard, but remember to think about all the things listed in the design brief - you may find a material that keeps pizza warm for longer, but it might be far too expensive. Here are some suggestions for possible tests: Click to edit project description Design a test to see which materials keep a pizza the hottest. Design a test to see which materials will be able to protect a pizza from the sorts of bumps it might experience. When you’ve decided on the materials, you should set about making the pizza box. When the box has been made, you could carry out more tests on the final product.