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.

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Star On a Shoestring

  • Text
  • Cosmic
  • Plants
  • Timers
  • Association
  • Rainbow
  • Cans
  • Materials
  • Registered
  • Colours
  • Crest
  • Shoestring
  • Resource
  • Librarycrestawardsorg
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Start using CREST Star The activities in this pack have been chosen because they use inexpensive everyday materials. Children need to complete all eight challenges to achieve a Star Award. There is no specific timeline in which you need to run each activity. Preparation 1. Start by signing up for a CREST account: 2. Print the Star Passport. 3. Use the Organiser Cards in this pack to prepare for each challenge. Run the challenges in this pack 1. Each challenge will take 45 minutes to an hour and involves hands-on investigation, decision making and group discussion. 2. Read the story on the Activity Card with your group and introduce the challenge. 3. Give each group of children a copy of the Activity Card to guide them through the investigation. 4. Children can use their Star Passport to keep track of the challenges they have completed. 5. Once you’ve completed all eight activities, log back into your CREST account at: 6. Tell us about the children and the eight challenges they completed. 7. Finally, complete the delivery and payment details to order your certificates and badges. 8. Congratulations on completing CREST Star! 9. I f you want to use your own activities, that’s fine! Find out more about what a Star activity should look like here: en/kb/articles/can-i-use-myown-activities-for-the-star-andsuperstar-awards What next? Why not challenge children further and try CREST SuperStar next? You can find out more and download all the resources you need here: Encourage others to take part in CREST projects. To get more ideas on how to get started visit: 2 Awarded to of on Professor Dame Julia M Goodfellow DBE, CBE, FMedSci, FInstP Chair of the British Science Association British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236 Managed by: Supported by:

British Science Association Registered CREST Star for Mewburn Ellis schools "We're immensely proud to be working with the BSA. Our vision is to enable more young people to get into science no matter what their background or circumstances. As a firm we now have a strong focus on diversity and inclusion, but key to a really diverse IP industry will be for a broader range of candidates to come into the jobs market. This has to start with schools and providing greater opportunities and we want to invest in making this a reality.” – Richard Clegg, Managing Partner of Mewburn Ellis. The British Science Association (BSA) is delighted to have formed a partnership with Mewburn Ellis, one of Europe’s leading intellectual property firms. Our partnership focuses on enabling and supporting a wider range of schools and students to engage in science. As a national sponsor of the CREST Awards, Mewburn Ellis is proudly supporting the BSA’s work to help young people, no matter what their background, get into science. CREST is a scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers, reaching those typically underrepresented in science. In 2021, funding from Mewburn Ellis supported over 1,500 students from schools in its UK office locations (Bristol, Cambridge, London and Manchester) to achieve CREST Awards. This year, we are seeking to deepen our engagement with schools in these four areas. We will do this firstly through the development of this pack and the accompanying online training sessions for Primary teachers - to help boost teachers' skills and confidence in delivering CREST with their students. Secondly, through training several Mewburn Ellis colleagues to support the delivery of CREST Discovery Days; supporting teachers and students on-the-ground, passing on key knowledge and enthusiasm. Awarded to of on Professor Dame Julia M Goodfellow DBE, CBE, FMedSci, FInstP Chair of the British Science Association Managed by: Supported by: 3 Charity No. 212479 and SC039236

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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