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 1 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.

There are more CREST approved resources that have been developed by our partners and providers specific to your region.


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All Star challenges

  • Text
  • Cosmic
  • Materials
  • Association
  • Registered
  • Stella
  • Plants
  • Encourage
  • Astro
  • Timers
  • Rainbow

Starting Sounds STARTING SOUNDS Activity Card The Startown Sports Day is about to begin. Cosmic and Gem rush to the sports field carrying their picnics. It’s going to be an exciting day! The first race is ready to start. Uncle Astro is on the starting line. He’s a really fast runner. “On your marks,” shouts the starter. She holds the starting gun in the air. The runners get in to their starting positions. Everyone is cheering for their favourite runner. “Come on Uncle Astro!” yell Cosmic and Gem. The starter pulls the trigger . . . . . . Oh no! The starting gun has broken. How will they start the race? STARTING SOUNDS 543 Cosmic and Gem have an idea. They can make a sound to start the race. “It will have to be loud,” says Gem, “Uncle Astro can’t hear very well.” “And we’ll have to use things we can find on the sports field,” adds Cosmic. 543 Your challenge Oops! The starter gun has broken. Cosmic and Gem need to make a loud sound to start the races. Have you ever made something that makes a loud sound? What things do you think you can use to make starting sounds? Cosmic thinks we can put something inside the drinks bottle and shake it Gem thinks hitting a skittle with a stick will be better Uncle Astro thinks shaky sounds will be better than hitting sounds

TING SOUNDS Discuss Talk to your buddy and think about what you can use to make a really loud starting sound. Getting started Collect some materials to make a shaky starting sound. Think about how to make the loudest noise. Now try making a hitting starting sound. What makes a difference to how loud the sound is? Try your starting sounds outside. How will you decide which is loudest? 543 Test your ideas Can you think of other ways to start the race? Share your ideas You could draw a picture or write a letter to help Cosmic and Gem make the loudest starting sound. Why do you think your starting sound was loud? Extra things to do STARTING SOUNDS Try some different musical instruments. Which would make the best starting sound? Think about how you can start a race if the runners are deaf. 543 British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236

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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SuperStar

Getting Started Guide: Primary
All SuperStar challenges