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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SuperStar Home Learning

  • Text
  • Superstar
  • Rafts
  • Rocket
  • Shapes
  • Registered
  • Raft
  • Glue
  • Rockets
  • Association
  • Spinners
  • Yoghurt
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Start using CREST SuperStar The activities in this pack have been selected from our library of CREST SuperStar challenges. Children need to complete eight challenges to achieve a CREST SuperStar Award. If you want, you can mix and match challenges from different packs, as long as children complete eight SuperStar challenges. Preparation 1. Download a SuperStar Passport: 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 discussion. You can run the activities with one child or with a group. Adult supervision is important. Children can discuss their ideas with an adult or with each other. 2. Use the Passport to keep track of the challenges you have completed. 4.Congratulations on completing CREST SuperStar! 5. If you want to use your own activities, that’s fine! Find out more about what a SuperStar activity should look like here: articles/star-and-superstar-activitystructure What next? Why not challenge children further and try a full day project next? A CREST Discovery Day is a one day facilitated project, ideal for ages 10+. 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: Awarded to of on Katherine Mathieson Chief Executive of the British Science Association British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236 Managed by: Supported by:

Contents Activity A Sticky Problem Bridge Blunder Cheesy Challenge Crafty Rafts About Investigate different recipes for glue from common kitchen ingredients. Design and construct a bridge and test it's strength and stability. Try making your own cheese at home with just milk and lemon juice. Make a raft and test how well it floats and holds weights. Page 4 10 14 18 Fantastic Fingerprints Explore finger prints and ways to lift them from different surfaces. 22 Fossil Folly Make models of dinosaurs to help you investigate how they supported themselves and moved around. 26 Get Set Jellies Find out which fruits make the best jellies in this experiment. 30 Investigating Ink Use your detective skills and investigate different inks to help solve a crime. 34 Racing Rockets Make your own rocket and experiment to make it travel further. 40 Super Spinners Make your own spinner inspired by nature and investigate how the shape affects the way it moves. 46 Yummy Yoghurt Makers Try making your own yogurt at home from milk and live yogurt. 50 CREST SuperStar home learning challenges have been selected and put together to help you run open ended science investigations at home with children. These activities are recommended for ages 7-11. Make sure you read the instructions carefully including the health and safety guidance before you begin. Children should be supervised by an adult at all times when carrying out practical challenges. Find more activities like these in our CREST resources library:

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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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