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.

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All SuperStar challenges

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  • Handson
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  • Challenges
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  • Create
  • Experiment
  • Investigate
  • Toothpaste
  • Materials
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  • Tomato
  • Yoghurt
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The activities in this pack have been selected from our library of CREST SuperStar challenges. Children need to complete eight challenges to achieve a CREST SuperStar Award. If you want, you can mix and match challenges from different packs, as long as children complete eight SuperStar challenges.

Worm Charming WORM

Worm Charming WORM CHARMING You’ve come across a news article: NEWS Willaston World Worm Charming Championship The world worm charming championship has been held on a primary school playing field in Willaston, Cheshire. WORM CHARMING Activity Card One competitor told our reporter, “It’s easy. You just vibrate the ground in some way and up pop the worms! I didn’t know worms were so fascinating.” According to the worm charming website, the world record for the number of charmed worms is a staggering 511! WORM CHARMING Your challenge Investigate how to charm worms out of the ground. Which way is the best? Remember that you will need to keep your worms safe in damp soil. . Discuss How will you vibrate the ground? Do you need any rules to make your tests fair? How will you keep yourselves and the worms safe?

WORM CHARMING Getting started Make sure that the ground is very wet before you start. Some ways you could vibrate the ground: Push something in the ground and wiggle it. Dance or jump or move in some other way. Play a musical instrument. Test your ideas You are not going to bring any living things indoors, so you need to make sure you record very carefully what you see. Use a magnifier to help you. You could take digital photographs or look things up using identification keys or books. Share your ideas Did you charm any worms? Do you have photographs to share? What did you use? You could write your own newspaper heading about worm charming or make a display of photographs/ drawings. Extra things to do Explore more about why vibration makes worms come out of the ground. Look closely at worms to find out how they move. Find out more about the life of a worm. Find out why worms are important. 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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SuperStar

Getting Started Guide: Primary
All SuperStar challenges