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Celebrate World Water Day with CREST Awards & Practical Action Activities!
You can download free CREST and CREST accredited resources that will encourage your children to think about water, health, hygiene, the environment and our planet. These activities allow learners to work like scientists, researchers, engineers and designers to investigate and explore their own project ideas. All can be completed at home, during STEM club sessions or in school.
World Water Day is held annually on the 22nd of March. The day focuses on the importance of fresh water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: Water and Sanitation for all by 2030.
CREST Awards Resources
Star Challenges (5-7)
Brilliant Bubbles – Liquids, gases & bubbles
Muddy Mess – Washing materials
Plant Detectives – Where plants grow
Sniffly Sneezes – Absorbency of materials
Useless Umbrella – Water resistance
Superstar Challenges (7-11)
A Hole in my Bucket – materials, liquids & testing methods
Colorado Brain Stain – discussing the use of fluoride in drinking water
Crafty Rafts – making a raft that floats
DNA / World Around You Challenge Pack (7-11)
Contamination Detectives – thinking about how microbes spread
Monitoring Acid Rain
Treatments for Dehydration
Canal & River Trust – Canal & River Maintenance
Global Action Plan UK – Water Explorer Challenges
Royal Society of Chemistry – Water: Global Experiment with Hydrogels
Monitoring Water Pollution
The materials below are based around Practical Action’s work, which uses science and technology to address global issues such as energy, water and food. They give students a real insight into how science and technology can be used to tackle challenges faced by communities in the developing world, and how they can be part of the solution. The resources are strongly linked to the Global Goals and/or Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
These Practical Action project ideas can be used to gain CREST Awards, all are themed around water, sanitation, infectious diseases & hygiene.
Pupils can choose from:
Bronze – Dirt Detectives (research), Soap or Nope (practical ), and Clean Communications (communications)
Silver – What a Waste (research), Washing with Plants (practical), and Top Toilets (communications)
Gold – The Sanitation Divide (research), Extraordinary Extractions (practical), and Sanitation for All (communications)
Each project idea comes with a teacher’s pack, student brief and a PowerPoint presentation.
Practical Action also offer additional CREST activities that focus on water:
Global Project Ideas
(Including Clean Water & Sanitation)
All About STEM are your North West Regional CREST Support Organisation. We’re here to promote CREST Awards across the region and point parents, schools & clubs to the support they need to run this amazing scheme. CREST Awards encourage learners to work like scientists, researchers, engineers and designers to investigate and explore their own project ideas.
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