CREST Awards Projects: World Water Day
March 14th 2023

CREST Awards Projects: World Water Day

Celebrate World Water Day on the 22nd of March with Practical Action & CREST Awards!

This World Water Day is about accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. You and your family, school and community can make a difference by changing the way you use, consume and manage water in your lives. The best way to start is to make your action list and spread the word!

You can encourage your children to think about water, hygiene, health and our planet by downloading free CREST and CREST-accredited activities. No CREST project is ever the same because learners can explore their own ideas like real-life scientists, designers and engineers.

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

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

Discovery Awards (10-14)

Stop the Spread
Sustainable Solutions

Discovery Awards are typically completed by 10-14 year olds, students work collaboratively on a five hour project or challenge in self-managed groups. 

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 and are strongly linked to the Global Goals and/or Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Practical Action project ideas can be used to gain CREST Awards, all are themed around water, sanitation, infectious diseases & hygiene:

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).

Click here to find out more & download the resources

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

Global Project Ideas
NEW: Regreen the Desert
Ditch the Dirt
Stop the Spread
Floating Garden Challenge
Beat the Flood

Visit the CREST Resource Library
World Water Day: Official Website

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