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

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Is there anybody out there?


Is there anybody out there .pdf

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

CREST Bronze

Investigate the changing chemical composition of water from a newly set-up fish-tank
As life evolved in the sea, we must be able to analyse the water from a likely planet to see if it is capable of supporting life. There are lots of simple chemical tests that can be carried
out on a water sample to test its composition. In this project, you‟ll monitor water samples from an aquarium over a period of time.

CREST Silver
Design a lander for a robot space probe
For this project you‟re going to simulate a robotic exploration of Mars and design a lander or a robot space probe. There are two main parts to this project, and a third „extension‟
activity if you have the time.

Build your own robot space probe.
Every space probe deployed so far has been a robot. Most have been static probes operating only where they landed, but more recent missions, such as the Mars Pathfinder
Probe, have been able to move around to a limited extent – the Mars Pathfinder contained a small robot buggy called Sojourner. For this project you should design and
build a small working robot that could be used for space exploration.