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

CREST Bronze
Build and test a model rocket kit
Most good toy and model shops sell model rockets. A small chemical engine is ignited by an electric controller, and the rocket blasts off. The rocket engine usually has a two-stage action, the first propelling the rocket, and the second firing a recovery parachute. The chemical rocket engines come in different 'powers' and can fire the rockets to different heights.

CREST Silver
Explore the design of model aeroplane wings
The good thing about model aeroplanes is that they really do replicate real air craft. Wing structures take on board the structures used in nature. As the project involves building a number of planes to test out different wing shapes, it is ideal for a team to carry out.

Design a parachute that can be fitted to a model aircraft
Model planes and gliders are often the result of many hours of labour. Unfortunately, weather conditions, mechanical failure or loss of radio contact can result in their sudden descent. If an aeroplane or glider crashes it not only gets damaged itself but can cause injury to bystanders and damage to property. Consequently there is a need for model aircraft to have some sort of parachute fitted. You may well need to enlist the help of your local model flying club; the British Model Flying Association can help: