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Worldwide Washing

Award Level Gold

You can use these projects to enter the Youth Grand Challenges competition. This resource includes three project ideas on the theme of sanitation, hygiene and infectious diseases. This resource has been produced by Practical Action, in partnership with the CREST Awards scheme.

‘The Sanitation Divide’ is a research project: Students are challenged to think about how many people in the world don’t have access to a toilet, and to investigate worldwide provision of private, community and public toilets. 

‘Extraordinary Extractions’ is a practical project: Students consider how some plant medicines can have powerful effects, investigating different methods for extracting the purest form of the essential chemicals from a variety of plants and testing their antibacterial properties. 

‘Sanitation for All’ is a communication project: Students think about how government officials in developing countries could be persuaded to invest in infrastructure needed to develop an organised sanitation system, and how to mobilise support from local residents. 

The perfect colour lipstick

The perfect colour lipstick

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Triathlon research

Triathlon research

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Squeaky clean communication

Squeaky clean communication

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Engineering Education Scheme – England & Scotland

Engineering Education Scheme – England & Scotland

The Engineering Education Scheme in England & Scotland, run by EDT, links teams of Year 12 or S5/S6 students with a local company to work on a six-month project involving real scientific, engineering and technological problems. How to achieve a CREST Gold Award...
A balanced diet

A balanced diet

The aim of this project is to design a menu for somebody with a nutritional disorder