Primary challenges (ages 5-11)

Typically completed by 5-11 year olds, CREST Star and SuperStar challenges relate to everyday experiences. Children complete eight activities to gain a CREST Award, with each activity taking between 45 minutes and one hour to complete.

The activities are designed to be easy-to-run and low-cost. You don’t need to be a teacher, have a science background or have access to specialist equipment to run them. The packs contain helpful hints and tips for you to use, explaining the scientific themes and offering guidance on conversation topics for your children.

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5 years ago

All Star challenges

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  • Cosmic
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  • Association
  • Registered
  • Stella
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  • Astro
  • Timers
  • Rainbow

Speed Scooters Activity

Speed Scooters Activity Card It is a lovely sunny day. Cosmic and Gem are going for a ride on their scooters. While they are riding through the park, Aunt Stella suggests they have a race. The first one to the climbing frame wins! Cosmic and Gem love races. Three, two, one and they’re off! Cosmic is on the grass. He’s in the lead and scooting as fast as he can. It’s hard work, but it will be worth it when he wins the race. Then Gem whizzes past him on the path. “Come on Cosmic.” Aunt Stella shouts, “Gem is winning the race.” SPEEDY SCOOTERS Gem gets to the climbing frame first. “Hurray!” she yells. Cosmic is surprised. How did Gem do that? Cosmic thinks it is hard to ride a scooter on the grass Aunt Stella thinks that the surface you ride on doesn’t make any difference Gem thinks it is how hard you push that makes a difference. What do you think? What does riding a scooter on different surfaces feel like? Why do you think Gem won the race? Your challenge Help Cosmic work out why he doesn’t go as fast as Gem.

Discuss Talk to your buddy about the scooter question. How can you test what makes a difference to how fast scooters go? Getting started Find two different surfaces to ride on. What happens if you use the same push each time? What happens if you change how hard you push? What other surfaces can you try? How can you make sure that nobody gets hurt? How can you record your results? Test your ideas What other things make a difference to how fast the scooter goes? SPEEDY SCOOTERS Share your ideas Paint a picture or draw a bar chart to show what happened. Extra things to do Does the type of wheels make a difference? Try running on different surfaces. Does the surface make a difference to how fast you can run? SPEEDY SCOOTERS British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236

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Star level

Collections of one hour challenges recommended for children aged 5-7 years that relate to children’s everyday experiences. Find out more about this level and how to gain a CREST Award on the CREST Star page.

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SuperStar level

Collections of one hour challenges recommended for children aged 7-11 years that realate to broader situations that children are likely to have come across. Find out more about this level and how to gain a CREST Award on the CREST SuperStar page.

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