This article primarily refers to Silver and Gold levels.
There are four eligible types of CREST project: Practical Investigation, Design & Make, Research and Communication.
Practical investigation projects
Practical Investigation are one of the most common project types for CREST. They aim to answer a question, hypothesis or problem.
Practical investigation projects should include:
A question, hypothesis or problem
Design and Make projects
These projects aim to design and create a product that meets a specific aim. Design and Make projects can start with a broad scope, which is then narrowed down to something more specific.
Design and Make projects should include:
Designing of a solution to a specific problem
Testing, analysis, improvement and retesting of solution (multiple cycles)
Analysis of final solution
Example: Past topics have included designing and making a skateboard and designing and building a model catamaran.
These projects aim to provide a fresh perspective or strengthen an argument for a disputed STEM topic through data gathering and analysis.
Research projects should include:
A project brief or area to investigate
Plans for how data will be gathered and analysed
Critical analysis of existing data
Example: Past projects have included topics such as, 'The effects of reminding students about their previous grades on exam performance'
These projects aim to inform a specific audience about a topic or raise their awareness and interest in STEM.
Communication projects should include:
A target audience
Background research of the topic and the audience
Design of a form of communication
Reflection and explanation of how the communication is fit for purpose, including being pitched at the correct age and level of understanding
Evaluation of their communication using appropriate measures
Example: Past projects have included students developing a science show; building an interactive museum exhibit that explained a scientific principle; and a radio show where students interviewed a scientist.