CREST Awards

Welcome to CREST Awards

Youth Grand Challenges

We are excited to announce the launch of Youth Grand Challenges – a brand new education initiative supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

We are calling on students to come up with innovative answers to contemporary challenges in global health and development, and develop creative solutions that have the potential to change the world.

This year the theme is infectious diseases. The competition provides a chance for young people to enter the world of professional scientists, from researching vaccines for infectious diseases to designing creative new solutions that improve the lives of some of the poorest people on our planet.



The new deadline for grant applications is 6pm on Monday 6th February 2017. 

Grants of up to £600 are now available to support and enable schools and organisations facing challenging circumstances to run CREST Awards with young people that do not typically engage in STEM subjects.

We have teamed up with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to provide funds to run CREST Awards with students underrepresented in STEM.

Funding can be used towards CREST registration fees and other support for running the Awards, such as CPD for school staff, supply teacher cover, consumables or equipment. 


Enrich My Classroom

Enrich my classroom is a new CREST Discovery resource, for teachers and students aged 11-to-14, that provides a step-by-step guide to running a Discovery Day and is suitable to run with one class, a science club, or with a whole year group.

The aim of the day is for students to learn about a range of different science, engineering and technology topics through group work, interactive activities, and a challenge that asks them to consider how they can enrich their experience in the classroom in the future.

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thumb_03_60_60Chris Conheeny

Tapton School

My Stem Club were assessed for their Bronze Award and had so much pride when they got it! The assessor was impressed at the skills they had learned in communication and facing challenges. The whole experience is so valuable!

thumb_03_60_60Rosy Halfyard

CREST Gold Award holder

The whole experience was amazing – I got a real feel for what working in a science setting is like.

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