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CREST Discovery

CREST Discovery Awards offer a great first introduction to project work. Typically undertaken by 11-to-14-year olds, they take about five hours to complete (so can be done in one day!) and are ideal for classroom, club or youth group activity days.

What you need to do


  • Choose a single project or series of linked challenges with clear real-world contexts. The project can be around any STEM topic or theme. We have lots of fun, engaging and rewarding project ideas as well as some off-the-shelf Discovery Day resources to help you plan and deliver your activities
  • Complete the CREST registration form and send it to your local coordinator to enter your students for the Award
  • Guide your students through their project
  • Assess your students’ work when the project is complete

Download our teacher guide for CREST Discovery to find out more.

What your students need to do


  • Work collaboratively on the project or challenge(s) in self-managed groups, with your support
  • Complete around 5 hours of project work
  • Record and reflect on their work during the project using a CREST Discovery passport
  • Communicate their findings through a group presentation

Cost per student

£3 for British schools; £6.50 for international schools.

In Wales, the entry fees are paid by the Welsh government, so all CREST Awards are free to Welsh schools.
Yng Nghymru, mae’r ffi mynediad Gwobr CREST cyfan yn cael ei dalu gan Lywodraeth Cymru.

Your local coordinator will send you an invoice for the registration fee.


You can assess your students’ Discovery Awards yourself, once they have completed their project work and filled in their Discovery passports. Alternatively, you can ask another educator or colleague to do the assessment.

Any questions?

Visit the help centre, or contact your local coordinator.