Finding a mentor
We encourage students to access support from a mentor who works in a STEM field related to their CREST project topic. Mentors can play an important role in CREST projects by offering their experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to help inspire students. They can open a window into what working in STEM can be like.
Mentors are strongly recommended at Gold level, preferred at Silver, and optional at Bronze and Discovery levels. To find a mentor for your project, you can:
- Contact your CREST local coordinator
- Request support through the STEM Ambassadors Scheme
- Contact local universities or STEM businesses. It’s usually best to start with the schools liaison team in most universities, who will refer you on to appropriate people
- Ask your school careers advisor for support in connecting with local businesses
If you’re participating in CREST through a link scheme, often a mentor will be provided by the scheme.
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.