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.

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

To browse the packs, click the buttons below or scroll down.

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Getting Started Guide: Primary

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What is CREST? CREST is

What is CREST? CREST is a scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers. Student-led It is the UK’s only nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). Flexible CREST gives young people aged 5–19 the chance to choose their own subject and methodology for their hands-on investigation. What are CREST Star and SuperStar? CREST Star and SuperStar introduce children to investigative learning. They support pupils to solve real-life STEM challenges through practical investigation and discussion. Using our colourful and exciting characters, we draw children into the world of STEM discovery and help them identify science in their own lives. Star: England and Wales: Equivalent to KS2, 1st level Scotland: P2, P3 & P4 Northern Ireland: KS1 International: IB Primary Years Programme SuperStar: England and Wales: Upper KS2 towards KS3 Scotland: P5, P6, & P7 Northern Ireland: KS2 International: IB Middle Years Programme Trusted A consistent, high standard of assessment and moderation is achieved for the scheme via our network of industry experts from the STEM and education sectors. It has been running since 1986 with tens of thousands of young people taking part each year. Cost Student time required £1 per student 8 x 1-hour activities The activities can be delivered all together or spread out over a term or more. They can be used to connect with topics across the science curriculum and build your students’ science literacy. Accessible CREST provides activities and project ideas for a range of ages, group sizes and abilities. From off-the-shelf, one-hour long challenges through to large-scale, student-led projects of over 70 hours of work or more, CREST can be done by anyone. Assessment Upon completion You or another facilitator should assess the children as they work, marking their progress on their passports. Reward their efforts with certificates and badges 4 5

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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