At Home: How to choose a project idea
A CREST project can cover any aspect of science, depending on your child's interest: research; investigation, design or making; as well as science communication. We recognise that running CREST projects at home may provide barriers to the amount (if any) of practical work that can be completed. Our Low equipment resource library provides some ideas for projects that are possible to undertake at home.
Again, parents don't need to be an expert in science or come from a STEM background to coordinate a CREST project. The most important thing is that there is an element of investigation and exploration in your child's work, and that the project sets out to answer a question or solve a problem.
You or your child can choose any type of project at any of the award levels. It’s the amount of time and complexity of work undertaken that increases as children progress.
CREST Award projects aren’t just for schools
While some projects may require access to a lab or specialist equipment, many people also run CREST very successfully at home. From building go-carts to conducting wildlife surveys, or testing which wing shapes make the best paper aeroplanes, there are lots of different ways that you can create great projects to suit your child’s activities, interests and resources.
How to approach choosing project topics with your child
At Home: How to run CREST Awards
CREST offers parents an easy-to-run system for at-home learning that is child-led, and encourages young people to take ownership of their own projects. You don't need to have much knowledge about science to run CREST at home. Sign up for a free CREST ...
CREST at home
CREST activities are a fantastic opportunity for your children to be engaged in fun science-based activities at home with very few resources. Below we have highlighted some links to help parents run CREST at home. Although some of our guidance ...
At Home: The different types of CREST project
This article primarily refers to Silver and Gold levels, but is also relevant to Bronze. There are four eligible types of CREST project: Practical Investigation, Design & Make, Research, and Communication. The Research and Communication projects can ...
At Home: How do I assess a Bronze project?
CREST Bronze requires children to demonstrate skills including problem-solving, independent learning, organisation, teamwork, and communication. To achieve a Bronze Award, your child should record the work done on their project in a CREST Bronze ...
At Home: How can I get a mentor for my CREST Award?
For Silver and Gold Awards, it can be very helpful for students to work with a mentor on their project. We encourage students to access support from a mentor who works in a STEM field related to their CREST project topic. Mentors can play an ...