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 Water project ideas for Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards; or to go back to project ideas click here.

CREST Bronze
Design and test a simple hydrometer and investigate the effect of salinity on the Plimsoll line
In 1876 Samuel Plimsoll persuaded Parliament to pass the Merchant Shipping Act. This required the 'Plimsoll Line' to be painted on the side of every ship to mark its load line. This line would disappear below the water if the ship was overloaded. ‘Plimsoll Lines’ are still used today.

CREST Silver
Design a bridge and test its strength using scale models

Design a pontoon to provide a jetty for a watersports club
Building a permanent jetty can cause damage to the marine environment and vulnerable banks. It is also expensive as a jetty has to withstand wind, flood conditions and impact as well as the cost of building a structure in water. Another drawback is that a jetty is permanent and clubs sometimes like to move their access point to suit their activities and to limit erosion on the approach.
For this project you will research, design and model a bridge. Start by carrying out some research into different types of bridge. Find out about the materials they are made from and the forces that act on them. Try to find different examples of bridge types in your local area, so you can visit them. Find out about bridge disasters – why did they collapse? Could it have been prevented? You could try to model an improved bridge to replace a real one. Contact a local civil engineer to ask for advice about bridge designs and to help with your research.