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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CREST STAR AND SUPERSTAR objectives CREST projects contain the following elements: Real-world context Each challenge begins with a story that links to broader situations they might encounter. Problem solving Children explore a question or idea presented through a story. They are supported to think and talk about what the aim for their investigation is and different ways to approach it. Independent working Activities require young people to develop independent working skills, completing their challenge independently of adults - either on their own, in pairs or small groups. Decision making Children are given the opportunity to discuss and decide how they will carry out their investigation, with prompts and support from the story characters and their facilitator. Practical science Children complete 8 hands-on challenges and behave like a real scientist. Reflective practice Children discuss scientific problems and how to record results. Reporting and communicating Children think about and share how to test their ideas, and how to tell people what they did. 6 7