CREST Awards

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

22/10/2014

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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

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Games & robots

Games & robots .pdf

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

CREST Bronze
Design and model a games controller
There are loads of different games consoles on the market – and even more controllers for them. In this project you need to research all the various types of controllers available and set about designing your own. You’re not expected to be able to design and make the electronic circuitry to make them work, but you can make a scale model of your design.

CREST Silver
Build a simple robot, then make it ‘useful’
A joystick works by activating a series of micro-switches. The switches send a signal to the PC or games system, which then controls the motion of an object on the screen. Although it’s possible to build a ‘homemade’ joystick and then use it to control a screen object, it’s a bit complicated. It’s much easier to build a simple robot (for example, using Lego or Meccano), that has three wheels, one free to move, and the other two driven by separate motors, controlled by remote-wire switches.

CREST Gold
Design and build a robotic ‘ball boy’ for tennis or cricket practise
For this project you will need to research automated machines and robots. You will need a mentor from the robotics industry as this is a complex project.