Driving excellence in mathematics
CREST is a widely recognised national award scheme for project work in science, technology, engineering and maths. It is co-ordinated by the British Science Association, a charity which exists to advance the understanding, accessibility and accountability of the sciences and engineering.
CREST Awards are available at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, depending on the amount and depth of work you carry out. Bronze Awards need around 10 hours of project work and are usually completed by 10 to 14 year olds.
By taking part in the Challenge, students will already be demonstrating many of the skills they need to obtain a CREST Bronze Award, for example, working systematically, solving problems creatively, evaluating their successes and relating their project to a real world context. Therefore, participating students are eligible to apply for a CREST Bronze Award.
It’s worth linking the Challenge with a CREST award for several reasons. It is a way of having work completed during the Challenge accredited nationally: a CREST Bronze Award is a significant achievement at any age and does wonders for self-esteem. It can also form part of a student’s Progress File/Record of Achievement and can help with university/job applications, whilst also motivating students of all ages and abilities across several subject areas. It also provides evidence of problem-solving skills and motivates students to want to carry on and try for CREST Awards at Silver and Gold levels.
What do I / we need to do?
You can register your students for the Bronze CREST awards through your local CREST coordinator. To find out who your local coordinator is, either call the British Science Association on 0207 019 4943 or visit their website.