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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CrestSuperstar_OrganiserTemplate_Super Spinners.indd 1 13/04/2018 12:21 AN EXAMPLE SUPERSTAR ACTIVITY: SUPER SPINNERS SUPER SPINNERS Super Spinners SUPER SPINNERS Activity Card SuperStar Super Spinners Get children investigating flight as they make and test paper spinners with different blade sizes. • Work independently to develop their own ideas • Discuss their ideas on gravity and shapes • Engage with practical science by testing their ‘helicopters’ to see how they fall • Develop their communication skills by creating a poster about their results SUPER SPINNERS Mr Sycamore, class 5 teacher at Startown Primary School, amazed pupils and staff when he arrived for work in a helicopter! “It’s a bit of a hobby really,” said Mr Sycamore, “I’m flying a different one every day and then I’ll buy the one I like the best. This helicopter has a short blade design, I wonder if the size of blade makes a difference? I’ll need some Super Spinner test pilots to help me decide!” Every CREST SuperStar activity comes with a separate Organiser Card to help you plan your session. It includes tips on what equipment you might need, as well the time required to run it and what discussion points you could use with the children. Super Spinners Organiser’s Card About the activity This activity is designed to get the children thinking about helicopter blades, and how different blade sizes change the way a paper spinner falls. Mr Sycamore arrived for work in a helicopter, amazing the students. He’s testing which helicopter is best. Can the students help to find out if a longer blade design will make a difference? Through this activity you will support SUPER your SPINNERS group to: • Think about what makes paper fall in different ways • Test whether a paper spinner falls in different ways with different blade sizes • Share their ideas with the group Your challenge Can you help Mr Sycamore decide if the size of the blades makes a difference? Building full size helicopters is difficult SUPER but SPINNERS you can have fun making paper helicopter blades and watching how they fall. Kit list To make the spinners they will need: SUPER SPINNERS • A4 Paper • 30 cm ruler • Metre ruler • Paperclips or Blu–Tack • Scissors • 1 ready–made spinner to show the children how they work • Large and small templates for spinners (if you think children will need them) – see website www.britishscience-association.org/creststar • Stopwatches • Other types of paper and card Discuss What happens if you drop flat and scrunched up paper? What do you notice about the way that they fall? What might be making a difference to the way that they fall? 14 15