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To support educators and young people in this challenge the British Science Association has released a suite of new CREST resources on the theme of infectious diseases. These resources have been produced by Practical Action and 4Science for the Youth Grand Challenges, in partnership with the CREST Awards scheme. Students can either use one of our project resources, or come up with their own idea for a project that fits within one of the eligible topic areas


‘Stop the Spread’ Discovery Day: a step-by-step guide to delivering a hands-on enquiry based STEM project, challenging your students to find a real solution to a global problem. The focus of the Stop the Spread challenge is on improving hygiene as a way of reducing the spread of infectious diseases. For this challenge, pupils will both build a model of a hand washing device and produce education materials suitable for primary school children in Kenya.

Bronze, Silver and Gold 

At each level there are nine different project ideas to inspire students along three themes: Protection and Prevention, Worldwide Washing and Incredible Inoculations. Teacher guides and student briefs are available for the following ideas, each pack include a range of research, practical and communication projects. 

  Protection & Prevention Worldwide Washing Incredible Inoculations

Research – Mosquitoes and Disease; Practical – Food Poisoning; Communication – Protect Yourself 

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Research – Dirt Detectives; Practical – Soap or Nope; Communication – Clean Communications 

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Research – Vital Vaccinations;.Practical – Vaccines are Cool; Communication – Spread the Word  

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Research – Fighting Mosquitoes; Practical -Repelling and Trapping Insects; Communication – Helping your Body’s Defence?

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Research – What a Waste; Practical – Washing with Plants; Communication – Top Toilets 

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Research – Viva la Vaccine; Practical – Electricity Free Fridge; Communication -The Power of Persuasion 

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 Research – On the Lookout; Practical – Active Ingredients; Communication – Know your Enemy 

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Research – The Sanitation Divide; Practical – Extraordinary Extractions; Communication – Sanitation for All 

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Research – Reaching the Last Few; Practical – Keep it Cool; Communication – Finding Funding 

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Practical Action is an international development charity that uses science and technology to help people in the developing world lift themselves out of poverty. Through science and technology Practical Action enables poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions to devastating problems. They actively seek to work with communities and adopt a collaborative approach, sharing knowledge and experience. Practical Action provide a range of educational resources for schools.

4Science is an educational resources agency. They devise and create programmes and resources for science and science-related subjects, from concept through to realisation and in a range of media. 






Find a mentor

We encourage students to get support from a mentor who works in a STEM field related to their project topic. Mentors can play an important role by offering their experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm to help inspire students. Mentors are strongly recommended at Gold level, preferred at Silver, and optional at Bronze and Discovery levels.

What are the Global Grand Challenges?

Grand Challenges is an initiative focused on major scientific challenges that, if solved, could lead to key advances in preventing, treating, and curing diseases of developing countries. The aim is to engage the world’s most creative minds across scientific disciplines to work on solutions that could lead to breakthrough advances for those in developing countries.

The medical, agricultural, and sanitary innovations of the past 50 years have made an historic impact, and are largely responsible for the decline in annual child deaths from more than 20 million in 1960 to 8 million today. But traditionally, the problems that disproportionately affect the poorest have not benefited from innovation. That must change for big advances in health and development to occur.

The Grand Challenges family of initiatives seeks to engage innovators from around the world to solve these challenges. Grand Challenges initiatives are united by their focus on fostering innovation, directing research to where it will have the most impact, and serving those most in need.