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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Paaaaaarty! .pdf

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

CREST Bronze
Discover how rockets work
Everyone enjoys a good firework display! Most fireworks have some sort of rocket component that fires part of, or the entire firework up into the air. The rocket system works by expelling the gases produced when the firework ignites, out of the back of the firework, which then recoils upwards. The colours produced when a firework explodes are produced by burning chemicals – different chemicals, different colours. As the chemicals heat up they give out light in the form of sparks.

CREST Silver
Design and build a model disco light unit
How do the lights and sound at a nightclub coordinate together? The lights appear to flash in time to the beat, and change colour with the pattern of the sound. How is the signal from a sound source such as a CD player or DJ deck converted into a pattern of lights?

Investigate the froth on top of a fizzy drink and make a product to maximise the head on drinks
When a fizzy drink, like cola or beer, is poured into a glass, the release of pressure from the bottle or can causes carbon dioxide gas to come out of dissolved solution and form bubbles. The bubbles rise to the surface and create a froth or ‘head’. If you have ever watched the froth, it changes thickness over time, ‘decaying’ from a maximum thickness to nothing. Is the decay pattern always the same? Is it ‘exponential’?