The CREST Awards scheme is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work for 5-19 year olds. Around 40’000 students in the UK gain CREST Awards every year through investigations and enquiry-based learning, supporting them to solve real-life STEM challenges.
Benefits of CREST Awards:
- Improved GCSE grades and increased interest in continuing in STEM education and careers
- Real-life experience of ‘being’ a scientist and working on STEM projects
- CREST Award projects help to develop students’ skills in creativity, teamwork and time management
- Students can use CREST to enhance their UCAS personal statements
- Extra value from other activities, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs) and the Children’s University Passport to Learning.
A measurable improvement in exam results
An independent report (2016) revealed that students who have taken a CREST Silver Award achieved half a grade higher on their best science GCSE result and were more likely to continue with STEM education, compared to a matched control group.
A greater impact for more disadvantaged students
The report also showed that Silver CREST students eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) saw a larger increase in their best science GCSE (two-thirds of a grade) compared to a matched control group who were also eligible for FSM, and were 38% more likely to take a STEM subject at AS Level.
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...
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....
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 significant...
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