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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Cleaning your teeth

Cleaning your teeth .pdf

Click below to read a summary of the Cleaning your teeth project ideas for Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards; or to go back to project ideas click here.

CREST Bronze
Make your own toothpaste and compare it with other brands
First things first, you need a recipe for toothpaste. You could find your own by searching on the internet. Try typing things like ‘homemade toothpaste’ into a search engine.

CREST Silver
Investigate the effectiveness of different toothpastes
You should start by writing down the ingredients of numerous different brands of toothpaste and how much they cost. Compare them. Decide which you think gives the best value for money. How do the compositions of toothpastes vary? Do toothpastes that claim to remove stains from smoking, for example, have any different ingredients? What are they? Try to find out what the various ingredients do. Choose a few different brands to test.

Investigate and compare the properties of toothbrushes
To start this project it may be a good idea to look at a range of different toothbrushes available. Look at their different shapes. Look at what they claim to do (for example, certain bends or bristle shapes are supposed to reach areas that other brushes can’t reach). Other things to look at include:

  • how many ‘grades’ of hardness there are for the bristles.
  • which ones are the most expensive. How does the price of regular toothbrushes compare to electric toothbrushes (indeed, what’s the price range of electric toothbrushes)?
  • what other products are available for teeth-cleaning purposes?