CREST Star Awards
Launched in 2007, CREST Star introduces children to investigative learning, supporting students to solve real-life STEM challenges through practical investigation and discussion.
Typically completed by 5 – 7 years, students participate in 8 x 1 hour Star challenges and upon completion receive certificate and iron-on badge to recognise their achievements. CREST Star challenges relate to experiences that children are likely to have had, giving children the chance to participate in hands-on science through enquiry-based learning
CREST Star challenges are designed so that you don’t need to be a teacher or have a science background to run them and do not require specialist equipment.
How to run CREST Star:
1. Sign up for a free CREST account online.
2. Download and print the CREST Star passport for your group.
3. Complete any eight Star challenges from our resource bank* – for each completed challenge either give students a sticker for their passport or encourage them to draw a picture.
5. Once you pay the per student entry fee you will receive a CREST Star certificate and iron on badge for each participating child in the post within 2 to 3 weeks.
*Resources are designed so that you don’t need to be a teacher or have a science background to run them. Each challenge is designed to be 45min-1hr long and comes with an activity card for the children and an organiser’s card for educators.
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*In the UK, CREST Award entry fees are subsidised by the UK Government. British Forces Overseas schools, with a BFPO address, are treated as British schools
The following CREST Star challenges have been adapted for students with special educational needs (SEN).
The activity sheets use Widgit symbols to help learners with cognitive learning difficulties, who have difficulty following instructions given purely in text or remembering a series of instructions.
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.