Schools and colleges across Wales are being actively encouraged to participate in the national CREST awards to stimulate interest in science and boost the numbers of young people taking science related subjects.
CREST is Britain’s largest national award scheme for project work in the STEM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths - and brings science to life by offering young people aged 11-19 opportunities to explore real world projects in an exciting and innovative way.
The CREST Awards are ideal activities to carry out during British Science Week and in STEM Clubs. The Discovery Award also lends itself well to transition phase classroom activities. For further information about the CREST Award Schemes in Wales and registration contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Llinos Misra on 02920 344727.
Funding for CREST in Wales – registration FREE until March 2019
The Welsh Government, through their National Science Academy has decided to continue to support the CREST Awards (secondary) in Wales – until March 2019 all CREST registration for Welsh pupils will be FREE. This greatly enhances the scheme’s presence in Wales, building on recent successes and providing further STEM-related opportunities for young people.
The subsidised registration costs in Wales for the academic year to March 2019 are:
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CREST award schemes for secondary and primary pupils
The British Science Association CREST Award schemes aim to inspire and engage pupils in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The nationally recognised CREST award schemes include:
- CREST Awards (11-19 year olds)
- CREST Superstar Awards (7-11 years)
- CREST Star Awards (5-7 years)
CREST Awards (11-19 year-olds)
Produced by Practical Action, this video outlines the CREST Award Scheme from the British Science Association and how Practical Action's STEM challenges and other resources can be used by pupils to gain CREST awards. Website: http://practicalaction.org/CREST
Polar Explorer Programme
This collection of resources are linked to the Polar Explorer Programme, and are freely available to anyone who wishes to use them for STEM teaching using the context of the design, construction, and subsequent research activities of the RRS Sir David Attenborough, and its auto long range submersible, Boaty McBoatface.
The new Polar Research Vessel will begin its first expedition in 2019 and will continue to engage and enthuse students across all key stages for many years to come.
CREST and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
CREST is now eligible to use towards the skills section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and we are now actively promoting this link. You can read more about how the awards overlap here and you can download the leaflet by right clicking here.
For students, CREST Awards are a tangible recognition of success. They can be included in personal records of achievement – and used to enhance applications to universities, colleges and potential employers.
CREST SuperStar Awards (7-11 year-olds)
SuperStar Awards are a great introduction to problem-solving in STEM. They offer children the opportunity to learn through hands-on challenges by exploring the world around them. Anyone can run these activities – we provide lots of advice and tips to help you get the most out of CREST. Sign up here to run a CREST SuperStar Award
CREST Star Awards (5-7 year-olds)
Star Awards are a great introduction to problem-solving in STEM. They offer children the opportunity to learn through hands-on challenges that focus on their everyday lives. Anyone can run these activities – we provide lots of advice and tips to help you get the most out of CREST. Sign up here to run a CREST Star Award.