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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Environmental monitoring

Environmental monitoring .pdf

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

CREST Bronze
Investigate the problem of acid rain
Monitor levels of atmospheric sulphur dioxide and rainfall acidity. Your results are likely to vary with different weather conditions. This may give you clues about the source(s) of the acid. You should spread your investigation over many months, so that you can compare results for both winter and summer.

CREST Silver
Investigate pollution in water courses
Contrary to what Water Authorities and bottled water manufacturers would have us believe, pure water is extremely rare. Drinking water is a carefully controlled solution. Natural water courses, even in the depths of the countryside are a complex cocktail of who knows what. Sometimes we need to know what. In this project you will check two different bodies of water for pollutants – i.e. solutes regarded as undesirable.

Gold Award
Investigate whether lead from petrol still persists at the roadside
Research ways of detecting low concentrations of lead, and apply these to test samples from the environment. The objective is to determine whether there is a lurking legacy of lead.