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.
|CREST projects and activities have a clear real-world context, appropriate for the level. |
|CREST projects and activities demonstrate creative approaches in developing solutions to scientific problems. |
|CREST projects and activities show independent working skills, students should carry out their projects either on their own, in pairs or small groups, ideally completing their challenge independently of adults (appropriate to the level). |
CREST projects and activities should, as far as possible, support students to lead their own projects, to set their own aims and objectives and create their own plans for how to conduct the project.
|CREST develops students understanding of the scientific method, as well as research, production and/or communication techniques and knowledge related to their project |
|CREST projects and activities should allow students to reflect on what they have learnt. |
Reporting and Communicating
|CREST projects and activities should enable young people to share their results (not necessarily in a written format) and explain the impact of what they did. |
|CREST projects and activities require students to do background research to help them complete and understand their project. |
|CREST projects and activities allow students to utilise creativity and approach their project in an innovative way. |
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 ...
CREST entry fees for Welsh students
CREST Award fees for students in Wales are paid in full by the Welsh government. This arrangement will continue until at least 31 March 2025. Please choose Wales as your delivery country when asked. This will ensure you aren't charged for your Award ...
CREST Accreditation - What is it?
Intro: The CREST Awards The CREST Awards scheme is the British Science Association’s flagship programme for young people, providing science enrichment activities to inspire and engage 5-to-19-year olds. The CREST team accredits resources or ...
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 ...