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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SuperStar On a Shoestring

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Test your ideas Test it with weights. Does it matter where you put the weights? Remember the children were standing across the whole length of the bridge when it started to wobble. Now make one final model. You might like to record your results in a table like this: 10 100 2/2 Bridge Maximum weight bridge could hold Bridge #1 Bridge #2 Bridge #3 Share your ideas Show your bridge to the rest of the class. You could take pictures and add notes about what you think might make your bridge stronger and more stable. Extra things to do Can you find out about the highest and longest bridges in the world? What did people in ancient times use to build bridges? How does this compare to bridges built today? You could find out about different bridges and make models of them to show how they work. British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236 8

Bumblebee Mystery Organiser’s Card About the activity This activity is designed to get children thinking about pollinators and their habitats. The investigators have been sent a letter asking for help. The Buzzabout family don’t see as many bumblebees as they used to and want to do a survey across the country to see where they are. Through this activity you will support your group to: • Learn about different kinds of pollinators and how to identify them • Learn about different kinds of plants that attract pollinators • Think about the importance of pollination Kit list • Pollinator identification key • Pollinators card sort • Bumblebee-friendly plants card sort What to do 1. Introduce the activity using the letter. 2. Give out activity cards and equipment to the children. 3. Explain that they will be surveying the local area for bumblebees . 4. Encourage children to discuss their ideas and how to carry out their investigations. 5.Support children to conduct their investigation and make their own records of their results. They might like to make a tally chart. 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. Children can make a chart of their observations. They can create a plan or guide to show how to make the area more bumblebee friendly. 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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