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 Waste-free lunch programme The idea of this project is to introduce a school lunch programme to your school or college. The programme should encourage pupils to use recycled or re-usable packaging for their lunches. Produce a leaflet and/or poster presentation for the school. You will also carry out some tests on reusable packaging to check it’s suitable. Getting Started Testing alternative packaging: You should think about what alternatives might be used to store packed lunches. Then you should carry out some tests to make sure your ideas still keep food fresh, for example: Crisps usually come in a packet that gets thrown away. So why not buy a bigger bag and bring just enough crisps to school in something else. When you’ve thought of a few alternatives, carry out a ‘sogginess’ test. Leave different containers of crisps for a day and see which ones remain crunchy. Make sure you use the same type of crisps in each container. Put the same amount of crisps in each container Store all the containers in the same place Leave a normal packet of crisps for a day as well - this will be your benchmark. Drinks often come in cans or plastic bottles that also create waste. Find out what sort of cans are best for recycling. You could also tell people how and where to recycle cans. The other alternative is to buy a big bottle and bring just enough for one day in a reusable container. Again, you could carry out a test to make sure your alternative container keeps the drink fizzy. Click to edit project description Testing packaging strength: Packed lunches can often get bashed around in your school bag, but you don’t want squashed sandwiches or broken biscuits. Design an experiment to see what happens to your packed lunch when it gets bashed about. Work out a way of simulating how much a packed lunch gets bashed around during a school day. This might include dropping the packed lunch to see if anything gets damaged. . Things to think about What sorts of packaging people use at the moment to store their packed lunch How much of it is reusable? Don’t just look at lunch boxes – think about everything inside it. Crisps, sandwiches, even some fruit. Which bits of waste from your packed lunch are biodegradable? How do you think they will be disposed of? Can any packaging be recycled? If so, how and where? Useful Resources Why not ask your fellow students what sort of foods they bring for lunch?