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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Clothing project ideas .pdf

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

CREST Bronze Award – typically 10 hours of project work
Find out which material is the strongest
In this project you will test different materials from different clothes to see which one is the strongest.
You should begin by choosing your clothes. For example, you could test a piece of denim from a pair of jeans, or a piece of cotton from a T-shirt.
Make sure you use old clothes, or someone may get cross when you cut pieces out of their favourite T-shirt!
You should cut pieces of material from the clothes. These are called your samples. To make sure you carry out a fair test, you should make sure your samples are all the same size.


CREST Silver Award – typically 30 hours of project work
Investigate if some jeans are tougher than others
To start you will need to work out which properties you want to test. For example, you could test the strength of seams in a pair of denim jeans, the tear resistance of denim, or you could try to work out how easily denim wears down by rubbing it on a rough surface.
This will involve some research into properties of materials, particularly strength.

  • Decide which properties you think are most important for a pair of jeans.
  • Do you buy jeans for their looks, or because you think they’ll last a long time?


CREST Gold Award – typically 70+ hours of project work
Compare the properties of different fabrics made from different fibres
Different fabrics could be woven or knitted fabrics. Different fibres could be cotton and wool (natural) and nylon (synthetic).
You should investigate physical properties of the fabrics (such as strength; tear resistance; resistance to abrasion; thermal resistance) and chemical properties (such as how easy it is to dye and its resistance to fading due to sunlight and/or washing; how resistant it is to chemicals).

You should start by picking your samples.

  • What sort of fabrics and fibres will you use?
  • How many different types will you test?
  • How many samples will you test to give accurate results?