We have partnered with organisations around the country to give you more opportunities to do CREST Star science. By attending one of the accredited workshops, or completing a downloaded activity, you can receive a sticker towards your CREST Star Award.

Principia Mission

Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station will use the unique environment of space to run experiments and try out new technologies for future human exploration missions.
The Astro Science Challenge (SuperStar) Six different themed missions, designed by The Unlimited Space Agency and their partners (including the Met Office, the Royal Observatory, the Science Museum and the UK Space Agency).  Each challenge counts as two SuperStar activities.


At-Bristol

The UK's most popular science centre with over 50,000 school group visits each year!
Fossil Finders (Star) Discover the magic of prehistoric worlds.  Students will make their own fossils, move like a dinosaur and find out about the creatures that once roamed the Earth.
Dataheads! (SuperStar) A dragster race is the context for students to work with data and graphs. They consider important engineering features of a racing car and conduct their own investigation using model dragsters.


ZSL London Zoo  & ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

If you’re looking for a fantastic day out for your class, with amazing animals to see and plenty of science-learning opportunities then ZSL zoos are the place for you!

ZSL London Zoo
Hands on! (Star) Investigate real animal hair, scales and feathers! Pupils will describe how animals feel, and find out how we can group them by their body coverings.
Sense-ations (Star) Dare you put your hand in the feely bag? Do you know which animals taste with their feet? A fun, interactive workshop exploring human and animal senses.
Discover Teeth & Feeding (SuperStar) Pupils investigate a range of animal skulls and teeth to discover how animals are adapted for different diets and which feeding groups they belong to.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Colour and camouflage (Star) How and why do animals use colour and pattern? Students will investigate real fur and feathers to describe how animals use camouflage to survive in the wild.
Habitats and Adaptations (SuperStar) Pupils investigate how animals survive in the wild and how these adaptations are suited to the habitat they live in.
On the Edge (SuperStar) Pupils will be introduced to endangered species and discover the threats facing the species in the wild.
Teeth and Diets (SuperStar) Pupils become dental detectives as they discover the true identity of skulls by investigating the adaptations to feeding and diets.


ARKive

Fun-packed teaching resources covering a range of biology subjects.
Plants (Star) Students will learn about the different parts of the plant and what each part does.
Adaptation - Design a Species (SuperStar) By creating and designing a new species, students learn how animals are adapted to survive in particular habitats.
Marvellous Mini-beasts - Design a Species (SuperStar) By creating and designing a new species of mini-beast, students learn how different species of invertebrate are adapted to survive in particular habitats.
Sizing up Species (SuperStar) Combining skills in mathematics, science and art, students will learn about species heights and lengths while practicing estimation, measurement and comparison skills.
Pacific Northwest Temperate Rainforests (SuperStar) Students investigate ecosystems and understand that they include living and non-living things.
School Museum (MegaStar) Following an exploration of endangered species and conservation issues, students develop their understanding of key biological concepts by designing and creating an interactive exhibit for an ARKive School Museum.


Practical Action

Innovative resources including lesson plans, activities, posters, challenges, images, videos and games all set within a global context.
Wind Power Challenge (SuperStar) Students are given minimal materials and asked to design a wind powered machine that can lift a weighted cup off the floor.
Floating Gardens The challenge is to design and build a model structure that will enable farmers in Bangladesh to grow crops in an area that floods.
Squashed Tomato (SuperStar) The challenge is to design, build and test a way of moving tomatoes, from farms on the mountainside in Nepal to the market in the valley, that won't squash them.
Small is... (SuperStar) Small changes can lead to a big impact on people’s lives.  Could your students invent a product to help us all lead a more sustainable future?

Yummy Yoghurt Makers  Find out how farmers in Bangladesh can earn more money for their family by turning milk into yoghurt, by making your own range of different flavoured yoghurts using a variety of different types of milk and fruit.



Planet Science Weather Labs

Can you help us check the accuracy of the weather forecast? Join in the mass experiment

 

Children Challenging Industry

This activity lets children take on the role of space scientists to discover more about Mars.
Martian soil (SuperStar) The Space Agency has given each group three different samples of ‘soil’ and through observations and tests they must decide which might be most like Martian soil.
Looking for evidence of microorganisms (SuperStar) Students test soil samples for the presence of life by adding dissolved sugar.
Investigating craters, powdery surfaces and muddy surfaces (MegaStar) Students investigate the effects of dropping various masses, such as marbles, into a tray of sand.  What might happen to the surface and underlying layers of Mars when a meteorite impacts?  What patterns might be produced if meteorites had landed onto a wet Martian surface?
Download the free activity pack


Primary upd8

Downloadable white board presentations which use topical events to create uniquely engaging science lessons.
Floating ducks (Star) 29,000 plastic yellow ducks, blue turtles and green frogs broke free from a cargo ship 15 years ago and have floated halfway around the world.  Children will imagine finding some of these plastic toys washed up on the beach.
Miracle Berry (Star) Children will investigate which foods are sour and which are sweet. They will discuss whether the miracle berry (which turns sour tastes to sweet) is a good thing.
Magic or Magnetic (SuperStar) Pupils are asked to duplicate a magic trick using magnets. Is it possible to play Quidditch with the force of magnets?
Juicy Adventure (SuperStar) Children will design a boat made of recyclable materials.


British Science Week

New resources are added every year to help you run events during British Science Week. Some activities (marked with the CREST Star logo) are accredited to the CREST Star scheme.
Download the packs


Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)

The centre is situated in a beautiful part of mid Wales near Snowdonia, has been a leading inspirational Eco centre over nearly 40 years.
Windpower workshop (SuperStar) Students make their own wind turbine.
Eco Buildings workshop (SuperStar) Practical workshop designing & making model buildings to explore low energy principles
Solar workshop (SuperStar) What can you do with solar energy?


Thinktank

Hands-on exhibits and historical collections that will amaze and inspire you, showing you the science of the world all around us.
LEGO Trucks (Star) Pupils play some interactive games about pushes and pulls and then work in pairs to use a Lego truck to push and pull a tray of bean bags.


Glasgow Science Centre

An array of exciting workshops, live science shows and early years’ activities.
Car-azy Circuits (SuperStar) Work together to design, build and race your own electrically powered car-azy cars!


The National Space Centre

The UK’s largest visitor attraction dedicated to space and space exploration.
Rockets (SuperStar) Design and launch air powered rockets!  Children are taught how different forces work and in particular Newton’s third law.


Environmental Education Project based at Rosliston Forestry Centre

An exciting project in the heart of The National Forest.
How does your garden Grow? (Star) Identify what plants need in order to grow. The session includes games, role play and a mini survey.
Preparing for Winter (SuperStar) An autumn activity looking at how birds and animals prepare for the trials of winter.


More materials can be found on our partners' websites.

Open Air Laboratories (OPAL). OPAL's Explore Nature programme gets children exploring and enjoying the natural world around them.
Worshipful Company of Horners introduces children to the world of polymers, and their uses.  
Practical Action uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries.



These organisations work closely with the British Science Association to promote science learning at primary school level.

The British Council - Connecting Classrooms Connecting Classrooms partners UK schools with a school overseas.  Schools and colleges are supported to develop global citizenship, provide a real life global context for the STEM curriculum, share teaching experience and best practice with fellow teachers around the world and get a grant to visit your partner school overseas.
Primary Science Teaching Trust - Running a Science Club This free online Continuing Professional Development Unit introduces science clubs and the benefits of running a science club.
Science Learning Centres The national network of Science Learning Centres offers an inspiring and innovative range of Continuing Professional Development opportunities.
National STEM Centre The National STEM Centre houses the UK’s largest collection of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning resources.
Primary Science Quality Mark The Primary Science Quality Mark is an award scheme to enable primary schools across the UK to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their science provision.
Millgate House Education Millgate House Education are the creative team behind CREST Star and their Concept Cartoons, drawn by RedBiro, help bring our activities to life.