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CREST Awards - Information for Section Leaders


What is CREST?   

CREST is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) enrichment programme for young people, managed by The British Science Association. There are six CREST award levels to complete, to suit a variety of ages and abilities.

Why use CREST with your section?

CREST is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work, and is well regarded by employers and universities. 

CREST challenges and projects can be run alongside or as an extension to your existing Scout badge and award programme, enabling young people to demonstrate their achievements through both schemes.

The CREST Awards resources contains lots of challenges and project ideas with full activity instructions, which can be downloaded and used for free.

Young people will receive a certificate upon completion, and for the Star and SuperStar levels of the award, they’ll also take home a special CREST badge.

What does each award level involve?

The CREST programme is designed to enable open-ended project work on any STEM related theme.

Star and SuperStar levels of the award each involve young people taking part in eight challenges, lasting approximately one hour each. Challenges with full activity instructions can be downloaded from the CREST resources library, and you can mix and match the challenges to suit your section’s needs.

Discovery to Gold levels of the award each involve completing an in-depth project, with time commitments ranging from five hours up to 70 hours.

Young people can work in small groups or individually to complete the awards, apart from the Discovery Award, which must be completed in a group.

Further information is provided below:

Level Aimed at ages Time Assessment
Star 5 - 7
8 x approx. 1 hour challenges
None (facilitator assessed)
SuperStar 7 - 11
8 x approx. 1 hour challenges None (facilitator assessed)
Discovery 11 - 14
5+ hours, small group project Some evidence needed (eg photos)
Bronze 11 - 14
10+ hours project Some evidence needed (eg photos)
Silver 13 - 16
30+ hours project
Externally assessed. Individual forms. Written report or video.
Gold
16+
70+ hours project
Externally assessed. Individual forms. Written report or video.

Find out more at crestawards.org.

Costs

The cost of entering a CREST Award ranges from £1 per participant for the Star and SuperStar awards to £20 per participant for the Gold award. 

For the Discovery and Bronze levels of the award, leaders can get a 10% discount until the end of December 2018, by using the discount voucher code: SCOUTING2018.

For more information, go to crestawards.org/fees-and-funding/.

How can I register for the CREST Awards?

  1. Go to crestawards.org.
  2. Click on ‘enter CREST awards’ and then click on the appropriate award level.
  3. Sign-up for your free CREST account.
  4. Download the passport to keep track of progress and the ‘teacher/leader’ and ‘student/participant’ guides for Bronze, Silver and Gold.
  5. Support young people to choose challenges, pick a project project or design their own.
  6. Run the challenges, or support young people to complete their project
  7. Log back in to your account to enter young people for the award and receive individual printed certificates.

Coming up with project ideas

We actively encourage young people and their leaders to come up with their own ideas for projects that relate to their young people’s interests, everyday lives and local area. Leaders should sign up for a free CREST account and select the appropriate level, so they can download the resources needed to help them support CREST projects.


How does it link to the Scout Programme?

A number of badges and awards can contribute towards a CREST Award.

Section Badge Matched CREST Award level
How to get a CREST Award
Beavers Space Activity Badge
Star
Requirement 1 counts as one CREST Star challenge.

You need to complete eight challenges to earn a CREST Award. You can find more activity ideas in the resources library at crestawards.org .
Beavers Experiment Activity Badge
Star
Each experiment counts as one CREST challenge. You need to complete eight challenges to earn a CREST Award.

You can find more activity ideas in the resources library at crestawards.org .
Cubs
Astronomer Activity Badge
SuperStar Requirements three and four together count as one CREST SuperStar challenge. You need to complete eight challenges to earn a CREST Award.

You can find more activity ideas in the resources library at crestawards.org .

Cubs
Environmental Conservation Activity Badge
SuperStar
Requirements one, two, three and four  each count as one CREST SuperStar challenge. You need to complete eight challenges to earn a CREST Award. Why not try the recycle reuse challenge?

You can find these and more in the resources library at crestawards.org .

Cubs Naturalist Activity Badge
SuperStar
While exploring the natural world, Cubs could complete the folloing CREST SuperStar challenges: Bumblebee Mystery, Tree for Life and Clever Camouflaged Creatures.

You can find these and more in the resources library at crestawards.org
 
You need to complete eight challenges to earn a CREST Award.
Cubs
Scientist Activity Badge
SuperStar
Each activity counts as one CREST SuperStar challenge.
You need to complete eight challenges to earn a CREST Award.

You can find lots of activities to download in the resources library at crestawards.org.
 Scouts Astronautics Activity Badge
 Bronze Scouts could gain a Bronze CREST Award whilst covering requirement seven of the Astronautics Activity Badge, by completing the Bronze ‘How do Rockets Work?’ project. This involves building a model rocket from a kit and testing how it works.  

You can find this and more ideas in the resources library at crestawards.org .
 Scouts  Astronomer Activity Badge
 Discovery / Bronze
Scouts could gain a Discovery CREST Award by extending requirement five of the Astronomer Activity Badge. They should plan how to make the best telescope and use it to explore the night sky, working as a team and presenting their project to the rest of their Troop. Scouts should spend at least five hours in total completing this.
 Scouts Electronics Activity Badge
 Bronze Scouts could gain a Bronze CREST Award, by extending requirements seven to ten of the Electronics Activity Badge; designing an electronic item to help solve a problem in the home. They should spend at least ten hours in total completing this, before presenting their ideas to the Troop.

Or, they could develop their skills in electronics further and gain a Silver CREST Award, by completing the Silver ‘Design and Build a Disco Light’ project.

You can find these activities and more ideas in the resources library at crestawards.org .

 Scouts Meteorologist Activity Badge
 Bronze Scouts could gain a Bronze CREST Award by extending requirement two, using the data they have collected to help solve an everyday problem, for example gardening or water sustainability. Alternatively, they could design and make their own weather station and show how it could be improved after testing it. Scouts should spend at least ten hours in total and present
their ideas to their Troop.

 Scouts Naturalist Activity Badge
 Bronze Scouts could use this badge to gain a Bronze CREST Award. They should spend at least ten hours in total and present their ideas to their Troop.

They could try the Bronze ‘How do nutrients affect plant growth?’ project, or they could design and make an animal feeder or shelter to attract more wildlife to their local area.

You can find projects in the resources library at crestawards.org.

 Explorers Naturalist Activity Badge
 Silver Explorers could use this badge to gain a Silver CREST Award. They will need to spend at least 30 hours on this project and complete a project report to show how they have met the criteria. They could try the Silver ‘Monitoring water pollution’ project.

You can find these and more in the resources library at crestawards.org .

 Explorers Science and Technology Activity Badge
 Silver Explorers could use this badge to gain a Silver CREST Award. They will need to spend at least 30 hours on this project and complete a project report to show how they have met the criteria for Silver CREST. Find out more at crestawards.org .

They could try the Silver ‘Design and build a Disco light’ or ‘Build a robot’ projects.

You can find these and more in the resources library at crestawards.org .

 Explorers
 Chief Scout's Platinum Award
 Bronze  Explorers could complete a Bronze CREST project for their skill challenge.
 Explorers and Scout Network
 Chief Scout's Diamond Award
 Silver  Explorers or Scout Network members could complete a Silver CREST project for their skill challenge.
 Explorers and Scout Network
 Queen's Scout Award
 Gold  Explorers or Scout Network members could complete a Gold CREST project for their skill challenge.
 Beavers to Explorers
 Digital Maker Staged Activity Badge
Stage 1
 Star  Requirements 2 and 3 each count as one CREST Star challenge. You need to complete eight challenges to earn a CREST Award.
 Beavers to Explorers Stage 2
 SuperStar  Requirements 1, 2 and 3 each could as one CREST SuperStar challenge. You need to complete eight challenges to earn a CREST Award.
 Beavers to Explorers  Stage 3
 Discovery Young people could use this badge to complete a Discovery CREST Award, by working in teams and spending about five hours on the activities.  Find out more at crestawards.org .
 Beavers to Explorers  Stage 4
 Bronze  Young people could use this badge to gain a Bronze CREST Award. They should spend at least ten hours in total and present their work to their section. Find out more at crestawards.org .
 Beavers to Explorers  Stage 5
 Silver  Young people could use this badge to gain a Silver CREST Award. They will need to spend at least 30 hours on their project and complete a project report to show how they have met the criteria for Silver CREST. Find out more at crestawards.org .


For young people completing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a CREST Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level may count towards the skill section of the equivalent Duke of Edinburgh’s Award level.  Full details on how these awards fit together can be found at dofe.org/crest-awards.

 

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