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            The different types of CREST project

            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
            • Project aims
            • Planning
            • Evidence
            • Analysis
            • Conclusion


            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:

            • A brief
            • Project aims
            • Designing of a solution to a specific problem
            • Testing, analysis, improvement and retesting of solution (multiple cycles)
            • Analysis of final solution
            • Conclusion
            Example: Past topics have included designing and making a skateboard and designing and building a model catamaran.


            Research projects

            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
            • Project aims
            • Plans for how data will be gathered and analysed
            • Critical analysis of existing data
            • Conclusion
            Example: Past projects have included topics such as, 'The effects of reminding students about their previous grades on exam performance'


            Communication projects

            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
            • Conclusion
            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.
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