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CREST Awards

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...
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Gold award: compare different suns creams

In this project, students measure the UV radiation to find out when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest. They will then compare a variety of different sun creams and sun blocks by measuring how much UV radiation they stop.
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Gold award: investigate the properties of materials used for saucepans

Students investigate the properties of materials used for cooking utensils in order to collect quantitative data.  For example, if testing for thermal conductivity they should gain a value for the rate at which heat flows through a cross-sectional area of material.  Students should also find out if...
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Gold award: what fabric should you use to make a duvet?

In this project, students investigate the thermal properties of different fabrics used in cold weather clothing or other thermal insulation applications such as sleeping bags or duvets. They will also find out about TOG values and measure the TOG values of different fabrics.
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Gold award: how quick are your reactions?

In this project, students design, make and test a device to test people’s reaction times.   They will need to consider the electronic circuitry involved, the power supply, input device, processor and output device. They draw a circuit diagram and make the circuitry, and could try making a printed...
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Gold awards: aerodynamics of sails

In this project students carry out some research about how sails ‘work’ - what are the aerodynamic principles of a sail, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each type of sail? They are encouraged to make contact with a yacht builder, sail-maker or University department with an interest in the...
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Gold award: Investigating crash damage

In this project, students investigate how velocity and other factors affect the extent of bodywork damage in head-on collisions between model vehicles.A family car travelling at 30 mph has about 90 kJ of kinetic energy. In a crash, this reduces to zero almost instantly. Vehicle designers aim to ensure that this...
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Physics Demonstration Films

This series of videos have been produced by the National STEM Learning Centre and the Institute of Physics. They are mostly aimed at teachers and illustrate how to perform simple demonstrations and use particular pieces of equipment. Some topics have versions of the video that could be used with students in the...
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Thermal Conductivity

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Misconceptions about temperature

This video considers the misconceptions people have about heat. Most people believe that something that feels hotter to the hand must be at a higher temperature. However, this is not always the case. We do not feel temperature, rather we feel the rate at which heat is conducted towards or away from our hands. Two...
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