Hands-on science investigations for primary school children aged 5 - 11 years old


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Science investigations

CREST Star activities focus on hands-on investigation

Hands-on learning and fun

CREST Star activties are a great fun way to learn

Taking science outside

Many of the activities are perfect for the outdoor classroom

Engaging young learners

CREST Star engages children through real life context set in a story and supported by Concept Cartoons created by Millgate House Education with the input of teachers to ensure they are great resources

You don't have to be a scientist...

In fact, you don't even have to be a teacher! Full notes are provided as part of the resources including a list of everything you need to for the activity.

Encouraging independent learning

Children are encouraged to work independently of adults and come up with their own investigations

Exciting partnerships

You can work towards your your CREST Star awards with activities and workshops at some of the UK's most exciting science learning centres

More than just science...

CREST Star activties include investigations into other STEM subjects such as Design & Technology, and cross curricular links to Maths and English


Register for our online membership scheme

CREST Star investigators in now available as a new online membership scheme. Registration costs just £40 with an annual renewal fee of £20 payable after the first 12 months.

Already bought the packs? CREST Star schools can join for free! And there are 10 new investigations not included in any pack.

About CREST Star

CREST Star is a UK-wide award scheme enabling children, usually aged 5 - 11, to solve science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) problems through practical investigation.

Launched in 2007 CREST Star is used in over 3000 primary and special educational needs schools across the UK as well as several international schools overseas.

CREST Star is supported by URENCO:

The awards

CREST Star has three awards with over 60 investigations

  • Star (Key Stage 1) complete 8 investigations
  • SuperStar (Key Stage 1 & 2 ) complete 12 investigations
  • MegaStar (Key Stage 2) complete 3 projects

Our activities focus on a mixture of hands-on practical work and discussion, encouraging children to work independently of adults. Lasting approximately one hour, the investigations are designed to be used in a club, in lessons, or outside of school.

You don't need a science background or even to be a teacher to run them. Full notes are provided as part of the resources including a list of everything you need for the activity.

What's included in the scheme?

As a CREST Star member you will receive instant download access to:

  • Over 60 investigations with supporting resources
  • Logbooks to record your investigators' progress through the awards
  • Customisable award certificates to celebrate when your leaners complete their awards
  • School membership certificate recognising your involvement in the scheme *coming soon*
  • New activities each year covering all the award levels

All of these resources can be downloaded from the CREST Star members section of the website.

You can download a complete list of activities below:

Star investigations

SuperStar investigations

MegaStar investigations


Download some sample activities

As well as a choice of investigations for each award, you can also choose activities from a variety of accredited partners either by visiting a science centre, downloading activities from the web, or booking an outreach visit.

Guiding principles

The CREST Star scheme has five guiding principles:

• Solve a relevant, science-based problem, set within a context
• Work in pairs or small groups, independently of adults
• Take part in practical, hands-on science activities
• Think and talk about science
• Share ideas using a variety of media

Running a CREST Star club

You don't need to be a teacher or have a science background to run a CREST Star club.

Want to see how it's done? Check out this great teacher blog on using CREST Star and running a school STEM club.

AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust have developed a CPD unit that introduces science clubs and the benefits of running a science club. It aims to give ideas on how science clubs can be run successfully in a number of different ways and how a typical science club session is run. The unit provides examples of activities to run and places that you can go for ideas and help. Watch the CPD unit online.

Many of the activities can be used to support home schooling and are suitable for individuals.

"The CREST Star resources have been used to run clubs, teach whole class sessions and much more with great success. The breadth of access to teachers and young people through this project is impressive." - Sue Williams - AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust

How to register

Registration costs just £40 giving you instant access to all our investigations and resources for 12 months. After that annual renewal fees are £20.

Register online for the CREST Star scheme or for more information contact your local coordinator.

Already bought the packs? You can register for free using our online registration form. As an existing CREST Star school we are giving your your first year's membership absolutely free. You will find 10 new activities not available in any packs.

International schools can also register online or for more information contact or call our head office on +44 (0)20 70194943