CREST Star is mostly used in primary schools, and increasingly used with SEN groups. CREST Star supports students to solve real-life science, technology, engineering and maths challenges through practical investigation and discussion. All the challenges are available to download for free, so you can just select the ones you are interested in and get going!
CREST Star has three levels
- Star (usually 5-7 year olds)
- SuperStar (usually 7-11 year olds)
- MegaStar (usually 8-12 year olds)
Activities are designed to last approximately one hour. You don’t need to be a teacher or have a science background to run them, as each comes with an organiser’s card complete with instructions, safety points and a list of things you’ll need.
Recording and recognising achievement
CREST Star logbooks let your investigators track their progress through the awards. Students can mark off completed activities either with CREST Star stickers, your own stickers or by drawing a picture.
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.