This article primarily refers to Silver and Gold levels.
There are four types of CREST projects:
Practical investigation projects
These (along with Design and Make project, below) are the most common type of project.
These projects 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. The scope of the project can start broad, and narrow down during the project.
Design and Make projects should include:
Past topics have included designing and making a skateboard, and designing and building a model catamaran.
- A brief, which could start broad, and narrow down
- Designing of a solution to a specific problem
- Testing, analysis, improvement and retesting of solution (multiple cycles)
- Analysis of final solution
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
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
- 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
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.