World Water Day: CREST & Practical Action Activities!
March 18th 2021

World Water Day: CREST & Practical Action Activities!

Celebrate World Water Day with CREST Awards & Practical Action!

World Water Day is held each year 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.

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.

CREST Awards Resources

Star Challenges (5-7)
Plant Detectives – Where plants grow
Sniffly Sneezes – Absorbency of materials
Useless Umbrella – Water resistance
Brilliant Bubbles – Liquids, gases & bubbles
Muddy Mess – Washing materials

Accredited Projects:
Plastic Oceans

More CREST Star Projects

Superstar Challenges (7-11)
Colorado Brain Stain – discussing the use of fluoride in drinking water
Crafty Rafts – making a raft that floats
A Hole in my Bucket – materials, liquids & testing methods

DNA / World Around You Challenge Pack (7-11)
Contamination Detectives – thinking about how microbes spread

Accredited Projects:
Plastic Oceans

More Superstar Challenges

Discovery Awards (10-14)
Stop the Spread

Accredited Projects:
Practical Action

Bronze Awards
Grand Challenges
Bath Bombs
Monitoring Acid Rain
Quality Control
Treatments for Dehydration
Worldwide Washing

Accredited Resources:
Canal & River Trust – Canal & River Maintenance (Guidance)
Practical Action
Global Action Plan UK – Water Explorer Challenges
Royal Society of Chemistry – Water: Global Experiment with Hydrogels

Silver Awards
Grand Challenges
Clean Growth
Climate Science
Monitoring Water Pollution
Re-hydration Therapies
Worldwide Washing

Accredited Resources:
Practical Action

Gold Awards
Grand Challenges
Worldwide Washing

Accredited Resources:
Practical Action

Practical Action Resources

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.

Click here to download the resources

Practical Action also offer additional CREST activities that focus on water:

Global Project Ideas
(Including Clean Water & Sanitation)

NEW: Regreen the Desert

Ditch the Dirt

Stop the Spread

Floating Garden Challenge

Beat the Flood

Visit the CREST Resource Library
More Accredited CREST Resources
Sustainable Development Goals Facts & Infographics
World Water Day: Official Website

As North West Regional CREST Support OrganisationAll About STEM promote CREST Awards across the region and point schools & clubs to the support they need to run this amazing scheme. CREST Awards encourage students to work like scientists, researchers, engineers and designers to investigate and explore their own project ideas.

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