Submitting for CREST Awards and the Big Bang Competition
Did you know you could receive extra recognition on your Big Bang project by submitting for a CREST Award? Or vice-versa?
The British Science Association and Engineering UK
are working together to enable you to submit your project for both! Click here for full details.
The Big Bang Competition is a a national science and engineering competition for 11-18 year olds. Projects are submitted online, and prizes are awarded at the Big Bang National event in June.
How to submit your CREST Award project for the Big Bang competition or vice-versa
Matching CREST Award levels with Big Bang categories
Below are the CREST Award levels and the Big Bang categories which they roughly align with:
|CREST Award Level
|England & Wales
|Bronze - 10 hours work
|Silver - 30 hours work
|Gold - 70 hours work
Take a look at each level’s criteria to learn more about what is expected, to check your project meets the criteria and that it’s the right Award level for you:
The CREST guiding principles
The below principles are the overall ideas that govern how the CREST Awards work. They are different to the CREST criteria, although the criteria are based around these. Real-world context CREST projects and activities have a clear real-world ...
Enter an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) for a CREST Award
If your students are working towards an Extended Project Qualification in an area related to science, technology, engineering or maths, they can gain extra recognition for their work by entering your project for a CREST Gold Award. There’s a lot of ...
Using CREST for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
You can do project work in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) and count it towards your DofE Skills section through the CREST Awards scheme. Lots of people think of ‘skills’ as being related to art, music or drama, but we know that ...
Is there a deadline for the CREST Awards?
There is no deadline for submitting projects for the CREST Awards, they can be submitted all year round. If you are completing an award via a placement (most common for Gold and Silver, e.g. Nuffield Foundation) then the placement may give you a ...
CREST for underrepresented audiences funding
Engage Grants (formerly known as CREST for Underrepresented Audiences grants) are available twice a year to help support UK schools to run CREST Awards. Schools that have high numbers of pupils who are often underrepresented in STEM are encouraged to ...