CREST Awards

CREST is a project-based awards scheme for the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) run by the British Science Association. It links the personal passions of students to curriculum-based learning.

UCAS endorse CREST Awards for inclusion in students’ personal statements – they’re well regarded, high-quality and a tangible recognition of success. CREST is a gold standard in STEM enrichment.

CREST can link into work experience placements, after-schools clubs or numerous linked schemes. Students can investigate or design and make, research a subject, or design a science communication project.

Assessment
CREST projects are assessed once students have completed their project work and have filled in their Profile Forms. During the assessment, students may be asked to present their work to the Local Coordinator/project mentor, either by producing a poster or giving a talk. Bronze awards can be assessed internally, by another teacher from your school, but for silver and gold CREST awards, the project must be assessed by an external person, usually the local coordinator, the project mentor or another person from the same organisation.
Your local coordinator will either agree to issue the award, or may recommend that the students do further work.

Your Local Coordinator and the British Science Association Head Office representatives will also be able to provide information on funding and sponsorship (if available), and information on CREST Regional and National events.

Resources

CREST Awards: Case Studies

CREST awards aim to encourage primary and secondary school students to undertake projects in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) related areas. Students' achievements can be recognised with awards at bronze, silver and gold levels. These case studies describe how a range of schools have used the CREST...
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CREST Awards: Project Ideas

CREST Awards help school students to undertake projects in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) related areas. Students' achievements can be recognised with awards at bronze, silver and gold levels. The resources in this section contain a series of project ideas that can be used to gain CREST Awards....
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Quantifying CREST: CREST Silver Award evaluation - a pro bono economics research report for the British Science Association

The British Science Association has been running the STEM enrichment programme for young people for almost 30 years.  This report is the first quantitative evidence of the impact of extra-curricular STEM interventions.The report reveals that undertaking a CREST Silver Award appears to have a...
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CREST Awards: thirty inspirational ideas

30 inspirational ideas for science gathers some of the best STEM ideas from the last 30 years, some of which are CREST projects, some of which are just great ideas.  The main themes of the activities are:• Interacting with researchers• Mixing science and art• Creating new media• Using ICT• Getting hands...
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