Volunteer with CREST
There are lots of ways to stay involved in CREST, even after you’ve completed your Award.
Join the British Science Association Youth Network
Find out about more opportunities to participate in, shape and challenge science as a member of the BSA Youth Network. Anyone aged 13-19 years old can join the network for free. You don’t need to have completed a CREST Award. If you are under 16, you should ensure that you have your parent or guardian’s permission to join the network.
As a Youth Network member you’ll receive a monthly e-newsletter from the BSA which will include:
- opportunities to share your views on science and the work of the BSA
- the latest BSA youth campaigns, events and competitions
- other science news and events for young people
Your details will not be shared with or passed on to any other organisation.
Once you turn 19 we will remove your details from the list and let you know about:
- opportunities to volunteer for the BSA at your local branch
- how to sign-up as an adult member of the BSA
Sign up to the Youth Network
Join our Youth Panel
The British Science Association believes that it is important to involve young people in decision-making and give them a voice on the issues important to them.
Our CREST Youth Panel is a group of CREST Award holders aged 13-19 who meet twice a year at large science events across the UK to input into the CREST scheme’s projects and those of our partners.
Members of the Youth Panel receive the following benefits during their time serving on the group:
- The title of CREST Youth Advisor
- A formal letter of thanks from the BSA’s Chief Executive at the end of the year
- The opportunity to attend the British Science Festival
- The chance to attend influential CREST meetings and address stakeholders
- Membership of the CREST Alumni Network
- Membership of the BSA
- The opportunity to represent the BSA at events around the country
- The opportunity to participate in training sessions and develop new skills
- Support with travel costs to and from meetings (for them and an accompanying adult if under 18)
Students are also provided with an environment in which they can meet and speak freely about STEM experiences and opportunities and learn new ways to discuss and review thoughts, facilitated by British Science Association staff and influential partners.
How to join
To apply, you must be 13 – 18 years old, still at school or college and have completed a CREST Award.
Current CREST Youth Panel Members (2016/17)
Lauren May Banfield
Amanjit Kaur Somal
Raja Danyal Abbas
Aine Maree Duffy
Join the CREST Alumni list
When you sign-up to join our Youth Panel, Youth Network or as a BSA adult member, let us know if you’ve completed Discovery, Bronze, Silver or Gold CREST so we can add you to our CREST Alumni list.
Volunteer as a mentor
Mentors of STEM projects – like those undertaken through CREST – play a vital role in developing tomorrow’s talent by offering their experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to help inspire students.
Mentors can decide the level of their involvement – it does not have to be long-term or onerous. It can be as simple as dropping into a school/college to kick-start and inspire students at the start of a project related to their career, all the way up to taking on a work experience student – the choice is yours!
As a mentor you may help introduce young people to an area of STEM they might not normally have access to, help them understand good project processes, and open a window into what working in STEM can be like.
No two projects are ever the same, and so the mentor role within each project may also be different. You could:
- Inspire the students with a talk or help set a challenge at the start
- Provide expert information or be a point of access for specialist knowledge or techniques
- Help students develop their ideas or guide them as they examine their results
- Provide or help arrange relevant work experience or an industrial visit to your place of work.
Sharing your expertise and enthusiasm with young people can be very rewarding, and you may even see your own work in a new light.
- Get hands-on project and people management experience
- Train and encourage the next generation of scientists and engineers and develop links with local schools
- Develop your own communication skills through a structured scheme
The CREST framework can also add extra value to your outreach work, helping you make sure you are passing on techniques and best practice and allowing students to gain a national award at the same time.
How do I start?
The best way is to volunteer through the STEM Ambassador programme. As a STEM Ambassador, you will receive a free Enhanced DBS Check as well as support and guidance on working with schools.
To find opportunities for mentoring CREST projects in your area, contact your CREST local coordinator.
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!
It’s helped the self-esteem for some low achievers for whom it is their major achievement in school.