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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clean communications Communication project Have you ever wondered…how best to communicate important ideas about health and hygiene? Helping people understand the importance of hand washing after going to the toilet starts with raising awareness among young children. Children also have a part to play in educating their families. Imagine you work as a Communications Officer for a charity based in either the UK or Africa. Prepare some teaching materials to help young people understand the issues themselves that they can pass onto their whole family. Use your communication skills to: • Design accurate but fun and accessible materials children can learn from • Devise ways of getting them to remember and tell others about what they have learnt Some things to think about... • Using a variety of techniques makes the key messages clear, simple to remember and accessible • Sometimes songs, poems plays or cartoons can work better than written materials • Think big and think small, you want reach as many people as possible • Fun things are easy to remember even if the messages are serious • You could try to find out about literacy levels in different parts of the world to judge how to make your materials accessible to everyone. Useful Links You may find some of the links below useful for your project: www.bit.ly/40-shocking-facts-about-water Interesting facts and statistics on water www.unicef.org/wash/index_wes_related.html Information about common water and sanitation-related diseases www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCKsU4bPFOQ Video on why Global Goal 6 is important in eradicating poverty www.wateraid.org Information about the challenges of water and sanitation www.cdc.gov/handwashing/whyhandwashing.html Facts and figures on the importance of hand washing Health and safety If you carry out any experiments or practical activities then you will need to put together a risk assessment. To do this you will need to: 1. Find out if any of the substances , equipment or procedures you plan to use are hazardous 2. Assess the risk to yourself and others (which means what could go wrong and how serious that could be, low medium or high) 3. Decide what you need to do to reduce that risk e.g. wearing goggles or other protective equipment and knowing how to deal with any potential accidents You will need to show your risk assessment to your teacher and get his/her approval before doing any practical activities. Remember! Judges will be looking for projects that demonstrate good communication skills, show innovation and creativity and that address a real-world problem. Use the Student Profile form to help structure your project www.crestawards.org