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.
This resource pack about Sustainable Solutions has been developed to meet the CREST Discovery Award requirements. Designed as a team-based activity day where students design and create a sustainable start-up business concept linked to their community, by undertaking the tasks in the resource pack, students should...