CREST supporters

Every year, 25,000 young people start or continue their journey to becoming the next generation of scientists, technologists and engineers through the British Science Association's CREST Awards programme. 

With the UK facing a STEM skills shortage, we believe CREST is an essential route for young people into STEM careers.

By 2020 we are aiming to increase the number of CREST participants to 60,000. To do that, we need your support.

 
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Why support CREST?

 

CREST is a scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers.

It is the UK’s only nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

We have proven successof improving student engagement and performance in STEM subjects, especially for disadvantaged students.

CREST is supported through statutory funding (grants from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Welsh Government) and a range of corporate sponsors and partnerships (current supporters include 3M, GSK, URENCO).

We are actively looking for new partners across a range of industry sectors to help support our ambitious expansion plans.

By supporting CREST, you’ll benefit from association with a flagship STEM programme, have the opportunity to co-develop activities relevant to your field, and be instrumental in inspiring tomorrow’s scientists, technologists and engineers.

Contact us

To discuss how your organisation could support CREST, please email us.

 

 
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URENCO has supported the CREST awards for the past four years. This partnership has increased awareness of our Richie education programme throughout the UK, enabling us to reach more young people and educators with our digital resources. We are proud to work alongside such an important science institution
— EMILY ARMSTRONG, SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, URENCO
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Strategic partners

 
 The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) provide grants for several BSA projects including British Science Week and CREST. This funding has helped the BSA deliver a digital delivery model for CREST and administer the Kick Start grants scheme for schools in challenging circumstances to organise STEM-themed Science Week activities. 

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) provide grants for several BSA projects including British Science Week and CREST. This funding has helped the BSA deliver a digital delivery model for CREST and administer the Kick Start grants scheme for schools in challenging circumstances to organise STEM-themed Science Week activities. 

 Since 2015, CREST Awards have been free of charge to students in Welsh schools, thanks to funding from the Welsh Government. This funding and previous support has enabled students from 84% of Welsh Secondary Schools to achieve CREST Awards.

Since 2015, CREST Awards have been free of charge to students in Welsh schools, thanks to funding from the Welsh Government. This funding and previous support has enabled students from 84% of Welsh Secondary Schools to achieve CREST Awards.

 City Hall is partnering with the BSA to deliver the Mayor’s London Scientist programme, to fund up to 5,000 pupils who are underrepresented in the STEM sector to enter projects for a CREST Award. The programme focuses on encouraging Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) pupils to take up STEM subjects, as well as girls, children from poorer backgrounds and those with special educational needs.

City Hall is partnering with the BSA to deliver the Mayor’s London Scientist programme, to fund up to 5,000 pupils who are underrepresented in the STEM sector to enter projects for a CREST Award. The programme focuses on encouraging Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) pupils to take up STEM subjects, as well as girls, children from poorer backgrounds and those with special educational needs.

Sponsors

 
 In 2016 The BSA received a Special Award from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 to fund the development of the new ‘project’s portal’ for the CREST Awards. This database of CREST Resources and project ideas has provided support to the students and teachers who participate in the programme.

In 2016 The BSA received a Special Award from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 to fund the development of the new ‘project’s portal’ for the CREST Awards. This database of CREST Resources and project ideas has provided support to the students and teachers who participate in the programme.

 Since 2013, URENCO has worked with the BSA to develop new CREST resources, using URENCO’s Richie educational programme to teach children about energy topics in an engaging and fun way. In 2016 the BSA launched Enrich my classroom,a new CREST Discovery Awards Discovery Day Resource to enable students to learn about a range of different STEM topics through group work and interactive activities.

Since 2013, URENCO has worked with the BSA to develop new CREST resources, using URENCO’s Richie educational programme to teach children about energy topics in an engaging and fun way. In 2016 the BSA launched Enrich my classroom,a new CREST Discovery Awards Discovery Day Resource to enable students to learn about a range of different STEM topics through group work and interactive activities.

 

Supporters

 
 GSK provided funding to enable students to achieve a CREST Discovery Award, free of charge, through attending GSK’s ‘Solids, Liquids and Gases show’ and participating in a classroom science activity supported by GSK.

GSK provided funding to enable students to achieve a CREST Discovery Award, free of charge, through attending GSK’s ‘Solids, Liquids and Gases show’ and participating in a classroom science activity supported by GSK.

 The Horners’ Charity is a long-term supporter of CREST. Their current donation will support a pilot CPD project for teachers working with disadvantaged pupils, enabling entire year groups to complete a CREST award.

The Horners’ Charity is a long-term supporter of CREST. Their current donation will support a pilot CPD project for teachers working with disadvantaged pupils, enabling entire year groups to complete a CREST award.

 As part of 3M’s Young Innovators Challenge, now in its third year, all students receive a Discovery or Bronze Award, funded by 3M.

As part of 3M’s Young Innovators Challenge, now in its third year, all students receive a Discovery or Bronze Award, funded by 3M.

Recent former sponsors and partners

 
 The Ernest Cook Trust is a UK charity at the forefront of outdoor learning, which provided the BSA with a grant to develop a CREST Star activity that enables young people to discover science outdoors.

The Ernest Cook Trust is a UK charity at the forefront of outdoor learning, which provided the BSA with a grant to develop a CREST Star activity that enables young people to discover science outdoors.

 The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported the BSA to launch the Youth Grand Challenges, a novel education competition for 11-to-19-year olds to undertake a project designing innovative solutions to global health issues. The best projects, as judged by a panel of expert and celebrity judges, are rewarded with an exciting ‘money can’t buy’ prize. 

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported the BSA to launch the Youth Grand Challenges, a novel education competition for 11-to-19-year olds to undertake a project designing innovative solutions to global health issues. The best projects, as judged by a panel of expert and celebrity judges, are rewarded with an exciting ‘money can’t buy’ prize. 

 Thorpe Park have supported the CREST Awards, having worked with the BSA to develop a CREST Discovery Day resource, initially used in British Science Week 2017 as well as delivering activities throughout Science Week 2017.

Thorpe Park have supported the CREST Awards, having worked with the BSA to develop a CREST Discovery Day resource, initially used in British Science Week 2017 as well as delivering activities throughout Science Week 2017.

 BP were a long-term major sponsor of the CREST Awards, and continue to support the scheme via the BP Ultimate STEM Challenges and a work experience scheme. 

BP were a long-term major sponsor of the CREST Awards, and continue to support the scheme via the BP Ultimate STEM Challenges and a work experience scheme. 

 The BSA is a supporter of the Fair Education Alliance, a coalition of the UK’s leading organisations dedicated to ending the achievement gap between young people from poorer communities and their wealthier peers. We are committed to helping to achieve the Fair Education Impact Goals, which aim to reduce educational inequality by ensuring more children get a fair chance in education, regardless of their background.

The BSA is a supporter of the Fair Education Alliance, a coalition of the UK’s leading organisations dedicated to ending the achievement gap between young people from poorer communities and their wealthier peers. We are committed to helping to achieve the Fair Education Impact Goals, which aim to reduce educational inequality by ensuring more children get a fair chance in education, regardless of their background.