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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Teacher Guide silver award PROJECT IDEAS Worldwide Washing Inspired by the Global Grand Challenges presented by infectious diseases, three project ideas have been developed: Research: What a Waste Practical: Washing with Plants Communication: Top Toilets
YOUTH GRAND CHALLENGES The Youth Grand Challenges is a new STEM competition that aims to inspire young people, aged 11-to-19, to see how science and technology can be deployed to tackle global health issues. The competition calls on students to come up with innovative solutions that have the potential to change the world, and will reward the best projects from young people created in response. The theme for 2016/17 is infectious diseases. To participate in the Youth Grand Challenges competition, students must undertake a CREST project on a topic of their choice that relates to the overarching theme of infectious diseases – such as mosquitos, sanitation, or vaccines, and that is in an eligible topic area aligned with a current theme of research supported by the Global Grand Challenges http://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/ To enter your students for the Youth Grand Challenges competition, go to www.youthgrandchallenges.org SUPPORTING YOUR STUDENTS To support educators and young people in the Youth Grand Challenges competition the British Science Association has released a suite of new CREST resources on the theme of infectious diseases. These resources have been produced by Practical Action and 4Science for the Youth Grand Challenges, in partnership with the CREST Awards scheme. For each project, there is a Student Brief, providing a project idea and questions to get your students started, and a Teacher Guide, with some useful links and tips for prompting your students in their projects. If you would like your students to achieve a CREST Award for their project, or for more information on how to support your students in their CREST Award project please go to www.crestawards.org. Alternatively, if you do not wish to register for the full CREST Award, you can still use these resources on their own.