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CREST Awards: Secondary School Spotlight
The CREST Awards scheme is the British Science Association’s flagship programme for young people, providing a flexible STEM project framework that inspires and engages 5 to 19 year olds.
During a CREST Award project, students take on the roles of scientists, researchers, engineers and designers to pursue their own ideas. It is the antithesis of ‘recipe’-style science. No CREST project is identical. Even when set the same brief, students produce unique, creative solutions and ideas to tackle the problem.
Below we’re spotlighting all of the awards open to our Secondary Schools. On leaving school, students can use CREST to enhance their application for university, an apprenticeship or job. CREST awards are well-regarded and a tangible recognition of success.
Take a look at the various levels, download your free resources & get involved!
Typically completed by 10-14 year olds (Key Stage 3), students work collaboratively on the project or challenge(s) in self-managed groups. They record and reflect on their work during the project, using a CREST Discovery passport, and communicate their findings as a group presentation.
Typically completed by 11-14 year olds (Key Stage 3), students undertake a project of their choosing. They make decisions about how to progress, write about their findings and evaluate their project in their CREST profile form or workbook.
Typically completed by 13-16 year olds (Key Stage 4), students complete 30+ hours project work, which is assessed externally by a trained CREST assessor. At Silver level, students develop and lead the project, consider the broader impact of their work and demonstrate an innovative approach. Students upload evidence of their project, such as project reports, video diaries and/or presentations, and reflect on their work using a CREST student profile form.
Typically completed by 16-19 year olds (Key Stage 5), students complete 70+ hours project work, which is assessed externally by a trained CREST assessor. At Gold level, students develop and lead the project, consider the broader impact of their work and produce a unique contribution to their area of study. Students upload evidence of their project, such as project reports, video diaries and/or presentations, and reflect on their work using a CREST student profile form.
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