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.

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Star On a Shoestring

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This resource is published under an Attribution - non-commercial - no derivatives 4.0 International creative commons licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

Discuss Gem thinks that

Discuss Gem thinks that they might live underneath logs and stones. Cosmic thinks we might need to look in trees and on the top of walls What do you think? Getting started Find a place with a large stone or log. Look carefully all around it to see how many animals you can spot. Now lift the rock or log very carefully (ask an adult for help) – how many animals can you see? You might collect some of them to look at indoors (check with an adult first). Test your ideas Can you find out the names of the animals? Find out more about some of the animals. Where is the best place for them to live? Share your ideas Draw a picture, write a poem or make a model of the animals you find. Share them with your group. Extra things to do Can you think of other places to look for animals? British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236 8

Be Seen Be Safe Organiser’s Card About the activity This activity is designed to get children thinking about reflection and light. Gem has a new bike! Children are asked to help Cosmic and Gem to find out if they can wear something that will help them be seen in the dark. Through this activity you will support children to: • Test different materials to see how reflective they are • Test to see if other variables make a difference to reflectivity • Record their results and share them with the group. Kit list You can use whatever is available at home. • A selection of different materials e.g. different coloured T-shirts or fabrics, reflector armbands, foil, shiny paper, black paper, dark/light coloured objects • Torches • A place that you can partially blackout What to do 1. Introduce the activity using the story of Cosmic and Gem. Ask the children what they think will help them to be seen in the dark. Give out activity cards and equipment to the children. 3. Explain that they will be using the equipment provided to test the best way to be seen in the dark. 5. Support children to conduct their tests and make their own records of their results. 6. Ask the children to present their findings to the rest of the group, they can be as creative in their presentation as they want. 4. Encourage children to discuss their ideas and how to carry out their investigations. Prompt questions: • What materials will they test? • How will they test to see if they are reflective? • How will they make sure their test is fair? • How will they record their results? 9

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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