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CREST Awards

CREST Awards

The CREST (CREativity in Science and Technology) Award scheme aims to motivate and build confidence in students aged 11-19 and encourage them to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and to develop student creativity, highlighting achievement in STEM with a nationally recognised award.

Why Undertake a CREST Award?

It enables students of all abilities to explore real scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical problems for themselves and promotes work-related learning. CREST awards help young people realise their potential and develop scientific curiousity, problem solving, communication skills, motivation and confidence.

Projects in almost any area of STEM can be awarded a CREST award. Previous projects have covered  D&T textiles development projects, programming/app development, architecture/civil engineering research as well as the more traditional scientific research. Students can choose to cover any area they find interesting, and this helps them to really engage with STEM in a way that they may not be used to.

A huge range of ideas for projects at all levels can be found at http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/crest-awards/project-ideas

Students who have completed CREST awards have the opportunity to display their work at the regional finals of the National Science and Engineering Competition, with outstanding projects being selected for entry into the finals at the Big Bang Fair. CREST is the only STEM scheme to be recognised for UCAS applications, and it can also be used towards the skills section for Duke of Edinburgh awards.

Finally, CREST has a lasting impact! Recent findings of research conducted by the British Science Association(BSA) shows that students who took Silver CREST achieved half a grade higher on their best science GCSE result compared to a statistically matched control group. Furthermore, students who undertook a CREST Silver Award were 21% more likely to take a STEM AS Level: 82% of Silver CREST students took a STEM AS Level, compared to 68% of a statistically matched control group.

For more information about the different levels and suggested project ideas, please see the links below, or contact crest-awards@brighton.ac.uk

Case Studies

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CREST Discovery

Typically completed by students aged 11-14, CREST Discovery is an ideal way to accredit the work your students have done on a single-day project, competition or event, and encourage fun, teamwork and transferable skills.

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CREST Bronze

Bronze awards are typically completed by ages 11-14, with about 10 hours of project work. Students experience the project process; improving their enquiry, problem solving and communication skills.

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CREST Silver

Based on around 30 hours of project work CREST Silver awards are ideally suited to age 14-16, perhaps tied in with existing GCSE coursework or similar.

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CREST Gold

Typically completed by those aged 16-19, CREST Gold awards allow students to conduct some real research work on an extended project (70+ hours).

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