CREST Awards

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

01/11/2014

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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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It's cold out there

It's cold out there.pdf

Click below to read a summary of the It's cold out there project ideas for Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards; or to go back to project ideas click here.

CREST Bronze
Compare the insulating properties of different fabrics
Heat flows from hot places to cold places. Hot things cool down and the heat is transferred to something else, which warms up. Outside on a cold winter’s day we usually try to reduce our heat loss by wearing extra layers of clothing. In this activity you will compare the insulating (thermal) properties of different materials.

CREST Silver
Investigate the thermal properties of different fabrics used in cold weather clothing or other thermal insulation applications such as sleeping bags or duvets.
You should start this project with some research. Find out about the design of fabrics with good thermal insulation properties and their use in cold weather clothing. You could also research other thermal insulation applications such as sleeping bag and duvets. Try to find out a little about how the thermal insulation of fabrics are measured and compared. At the same time, try to obtain samples of fabrics for your own tests.

CREST Gold
Investigate the thermal properties of different fabrics used in cold weather clothing or other thermal insulation applications such as sleeping bags or duvets.
You should start this project with some research. Find out about the design of fabrics with  good thermal insulation properties and their use in cold weather clothing and other thermal insulation applications such as sleeping bag and duvets.