Through funding from the Welsh Government in 2015, the British Science Association has been able to offer CREST Awards in Wales for free.

The CREST Awards scheme is run by the BSA to recognise and reward quality project work in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by students aged 11-19.

Previous Welsh Government support has enabled CREST to flourish in Wales. In the last four years, students from 84% of Welsh secondary schools have achieved CREST Awards.

The scheme can cost between £3 to £20 per student, so this support will make a significant difference for many schools and their budgets.

The funding has enabled the British Science Association to build on this success by developing a number of tailor-made resources for Wales. These include two Welsh resources for Key Stage 3 pupils, as well as a selection of Welsh resources for Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, designed for secondary school students. 

The project will benefit Wales by expanding the numbers of students engaged with the already successful CREST Award programme, raising the interest of STEM in 11-19-year-olds, developing cross-curricular skills and increasing the networks of professionals in Wales who contribute to STEM activity.