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 On a Shoestring

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/).

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Getting started SUPER SPINNERS You can make paper spinners to use as a model. You will need to put a paper clip on the bottom to help them to fall properly. What sizes will you make them? How big will you make the blades? How many clips will you add? Test your ideas Watch the spinners carefully as they fall. Can you make them go faster and slower? You could try landing them on a target and score points for where they land. Remember to change only one thing at a time. Share your ideas You could make a display for Mr Sycamore using your spinners to show him what happened. Extra things to do Does the spinner act differently if you change its shape? What if you make spinners from different kinds of paper? What else could you change? Can you make a bar chart to show your results? British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236 38

G TOAST Tumbling Toast Organiser’s Card About the activity This activity is designed to get children thinking about probability. Mayor Quandary seems to drop her toast butter-side down every morning, and she can’t work out why. Her secretary Dayley Diary thinks it’s Murphy’s Law but she’s not so sure. Can the investigators help? TUMBLING TOAST Through this activity you will support your group to: • Think about the world around them from a different perspective • Investigate and explore what living things they can find outdoors • Record their thoughts and ideas and present them to share with the group Kit list • Bread – supermarkets often sell off sliced bread at the end of the day. Try to get thick and thin slices. • Toasters (PAT tested), or toast • Knives • Butter (cheap margarine is fine) • Cardboard or plastic plates • Newspaper as a landing pad • Jam or other spread (optional) • Marker pens • Recording grid with three columns – type of toast, landed butter-side down, landed butter-side up (optional) 39

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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