CREST Awards

Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) enrichment activities to inspire and engage young people aged 5-19 years


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Celebrating achievement in national competition level

Gianamar receiving the CREST prize for Understanding of Real World Context at the 2012 NSEC finals

Acknowledging success through CREST Awards

Making sure students have a tangible recognition of their hard work, effort and success that is respected by organisations such as UCAS.

A framework for good quality project work in STEM

The CREST Awards offers a robust and consistent framework for students and mentors to use to create high quality projects

Resources available to promote and support the scheme

There are lots of resources available to promote and support the scheme – none more important than our CREST Local Coordinator Network

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Citizen Science for Schools: what’s happening, what’s needed, what’s next?

The British Science Association convened this meeting, held on Monday 8th July at the Dana Centre, to discuss Citizen Science for Schools: what’s happening, what’s needed, what’s next?

Michael Pocock discusses conker tree scienceThe meeting was attended by people from a wide range of organisations including the British Council, National Science Learning Centre, the BBSRC, the Wellcome Trust, the Royal Society, the Society of Biology, The Natural History Museum, Cancer Research UK, and a number of schools and academic institutions.

The aim of the meeting was to discuss the interaction of Citizen Science with schools. There is huge potential for using Citizen Science in schools, however schools have specific needs.

The purpose of the meeting was to explore what these needs are and how they can be met. The objective of the meeting was to develop a set of recommendations for attendees and for all those planning Citizen Science initiatives.

Five speakers gave short talks to give a brief overview of the subject from a variety of different points of view, and then group discussion was invited to explore the issues and challenges, and work towards solutions.

Download the notes from the meeting

Read the Storify of the tweets from the meeting


Robert Simpson, from Zooniverse, spoke at the meeting and wrote a blog post based on the question, "what is citizen science?"

You can also look at the Prezi presentation that was created by David Joyce, which he gave at the meeting.