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CREST Awards

Why should I get involved?

Students:

  • After completing CREST Awards projects, students are more employable, more motivated, and better equipped for further study in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
  • CREST projects build the skills employers want - whatever field the student wants to work in - through action and reflection
  • Through working on CREST projects students demonstrate commitment to skills development, and real commitment to further work and study - in STEM or any other area.

Teachers:

  • After supporting CREST Awards projects, teachers are more confident in supervising project work
  • Teachers build skills required for career progression
  • Through working closely with students, teachers gain better understanding of their students´ capabilities.

CREST is the ideal way to structure enquiry based learning in STEM subjects. It´s also ideal for product design, textiles, electronics and resistant materials work. Flexible, adaptable and easy to use, CREST is operated by the British Science Association, with the support of a network of local coordinators like Corylus Learning.

Through our continuum of awards, there´s something for everyone:

CREST Star

For younger students who want to do lots of short investigations, CREST Star is a great way to access easy to do, exciting real science activities and to reward students for their achievements. It’s also a great way to get older students supporting younger students. With easy to arrange activities, and plenty of supporting information, there’s no better way for teachers to build confidence and start developing activities with their students. CREST Star is available to all ages, but is most frequently used in primary schools, with CREST Star awards most appropriate for KS1, and Superstar fitting well in KS2. Once your students complete eight activities from the CREST Star or Superstar range, you can order a certificate and iron-on badge for them, for the princely sum of £1 per student.

CREST Star is now an entirely online scheme. You can find out more, look at activities, and work out whether it´s for you on the CREST Awards website.

To find out more about CREST Star, click here

To find out more about CREST Superstar, click here

To create an account for CREST Star and Superstar, click here

CREST Awards

CREST Awards provide a framework for students to learn how to conduct project work in the STEM fields, and to  gain an understanding of ´what it means to be a scientist / engineer / technologist / mathematician´.

 Projects can be undertaken by students of any age, but must involve:

  • subject content equivalent to KS3 or higher (depending on the level of Award)
  • a minimum number of hours of work, on a single project, with number of hours determined by the level of Award
  • demonstration of the fifteen skills and processes we assess

Projects can be:

  • an investigation, preferably involving practical work, but in some cases desk research will be sufficient
  • a design and make project, involving production of a working prototype or demonstration of a feature
  • a science communication project, developing a communication of any kind to communicate a science topic to a defined audience

There are four levels of CREST Award, defined below:

  • Discovery Awards involve a minimum of five hours of work, at KS3 standard, often on one day as a "CREST in a Day" Challenge, some light touch reflection by students on their own performance, and internal assessment
  • Bronze Awards involve a minimum of ten hours of work, at KS3 standard, with a flexible range of options for recording student work, and internal assessment with project work uploaded for moderation
  • Silver Awards involve a minimum of thirty hours of work, at KS4 standard (GCSE grade C or equivalent attainment level), with student work recorded in a report with personal reflections in a student profile. The student profile also contains a checklist to help students ensure they cover the assessed skills and processes in their work. Support from an external mentor is recommended.
  • Gold Awards involve a minimum of seventy hours of work, at post-16 standard (AS / A2 grade C or equivalent attainment level), with student work recorded in a report with personal reflections in a student profile. The student profile also contains a checklist to help students ensure they cover the assessed skills and processes in their work. Support from an external mentor is recommended, but essential if a student is working independently of their school.

The fifteen assessed skills (or assessment criteria) for CREST Bronze, Silver and Gold can be viewed here.

You can find out about the cost of registering for CREST Awards here.

To find out how to register, click here.

If you have further questions about getting involved in CREST Awards or CREST Star, please email coryluscrest@gmail.com