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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Where can I find the instructions and resources for the activities mentioned here? All CREST activities mentioned in this guide are free to use and download for an unlimited time from our online resources library. The challenges are all included in the following packs: • CREST Star challenge pack • CREST SuperStar challenge pack How can I embed CREST into curriculum time? Each challenge takes around 45 minutes to one hour to complete. You could choose eight CREST challenges on the same topic to complete whilst covering this curriculum area, or you could complete one or two activities a week and spread them over a term. This will enable you to embed CREST into curriculum lessons and ensure that all children can achieve an Award. Can I develop my own STEM activities into CREST challenges? Once you have completed a few CREST challenges with your children you will become familiar with their structure and may choose to develop your own curriculum-focused activities into CREST challenges. You can use the table of CREST Star and SuperStar guiding principles on pages 4–5 to help you check that your activities are suitable. Activities should not just be a set of instructions to follow – they should involve problem solving and encourage children to make their own decisions about their approach to testing solutions. What are the differences between CREST Star and CREST SuperStar activities? Both sets of activities are ideally suited to primary-aged children. CREST Star activities are aimed at children aged 5-7 who are just starting their STEM journeys. CREST SuperStar activities are more challenging, offering children aged 7-11 the perfect introduction to problem-solving in STEM. 6 7