Planning your own Bronze, Silver or Gold project
You can choose any topic you or your students would like to research and turn it into a CREST project. Here are a variety of weird and wonderful CREST project titles carried out by students over the 30 years of CREST.
Can hamsters be trained to use a potty?
How does a slinky defy gravity?
What materials do bubbles bounce best on?
Does time fly if you’re having fun?
Can girls find Wally faster than boys?
Can you taste the flavour of skittles whilst blindfolded?
Is there a science behind baby-holding?
Is a snail just a slug with a shell?
The most important thing is that there is an element of investigation and exploration, and that the project sets out to answer a question or solve a problem.
Top tips for choosing a project
Here are some hints and tips on how to enable your students to show their creativity and independent learning:
- Give students as much choice as possible in their project topic as students respond more positively to a challenge that they’ve had some part in choosing
- Make sure the project gives students the opportunity to demonstrate all the CREST Assessment criteria
- Whatever their level, don’t underestimate students’ ability to respond to a challenge
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.