CREST Awards

CREST Awards

What are CREST Awards?

The CREST Awards scheme is the British Science Association's flagship programme for young people, providing science enrichment activities to inspire and engage 5 to 19 year olds. It is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for project work in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

CREST gives students the chance to participate in hands-on science through investigations and enquiry-based learning. It can be run in schools, clubs, youth groups, other organisations or at home.They are well regarded, high quality and a tabgible recognition of success.

There are six CREST Award levels, allowing students to progress through the scheme througout their education.

Projects are awarded at 6 levels;

 

  • Star (8 x 1 hour challenges, typically for 5-7 year olds - entry from £1 - register here )
  • SuperStar (8 x 1 hour challenges, typically for 7-10 year olds - entry from £1  - register here )
  • Discovery (5 hours, typically for 11-14 year olds - entry from £3 - register here )
  • Bronze (10 hours of work typically for 11-14 year olds - entry from £5 - register here )
  • Silver (30 hours of project work typically for 14-16 year olds - entry from £10 - download registration form )
  • Gold (70+ hours of project work typically for 16+ year olds - entry from £20 - download registration form )

 

Remember, your Silver & Gold CREST Awards can be entered as projects into the Big Bang South West

CREST Registration Forms

To register download the registration form

To register more than 15 students please download the 15+ registration form



Once both forms are complete, please return by e-mail to Toni Oatway. You will then be sent profile forms for your students to work from.

Remember your Silver & Gold CREST Awards can be entered as projects into the Big Bang South West.

 

Youth Grand Challenges - CREST Award

The British Science Association have launched a round of grants to support and enable schools and organisations to enter the Youth Grand Challenges. Applicants can request up to £500 total towards the costs of running Youth Grand Challenges CREST Awards.

The Youth Grand Challenges is now open for entries! There are four entry levels for the competition: Discovery, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Students have until 26 September 2017 to submit their project.

To support educators and young people in this challenge the BSA have released a suite of new CREST resources on the theme of infectious diseases. Topics range from designing sanitation technology to researching vaccines, providing real-world opportunities for young people to engage with cutting-edge research and product design ideas that have the potential to change the world.

 

£600 for evaluating the impact of the CREST Silver Award

The British Science Association have the opportunity  for up to 200 schools in England to participate in a randomised control trial of the Silver CREST Awards 2017-18 with a group of Year 9 students. Half the participating schools will be randomly assigned by computer to the 'treatment' group and will deliver the CREST Silver Award in 2017-18. The other half will be allocated to the 'control' group.

Participating schools will receive £600 and will make an important contribution to understanding how independent, hands-on project work can impact student achievement and progression in STEM subjects.

This research follows on from the 2016 'Quantifying CREST' report which found that students who took CREST:

  • achieved half a grade higher on their best science GCSE result
  • were more likely to continue with STEM education

The report also indicated that students eligible for free school meals saw a larger increase in their best GCSE science score

To find out more, contact Helen at crestresearch@britishscienceassociation.org