Advanced CREST Awards program is recommended for secondary school students.

Advanced CREST enables students to experience the exciting world of scientific research and technological development through a structured program that supports them in choosing, organising and undertaking their own open-ended experimental science or technology project.

Students complete a creative and original project that involves experimentation (for science projects) or design, construction and appraisal (for technology projects) under the guidance of a supervising teacher. Their project should have an application to the everyday world.

Watch this illustration of practice on how CREST is being used to help students develop high level thinking skills, by enabling them to design scientific investigations of their choice.

CREST supports the Science Inquiry Skills strand of the Australian Curriculum and aligns with the Science as a Human Endeavour strand.

Three Award levels are available – Bronze, Silver and Gold. These differ in:

  • time
  • complexity of task
  • scientific and technological ability
  • sheer perseverance on the part of the participants.

Students who are not yet ready to attempt a self-directed project could start with one of the Introductory CREST Awards.

For Silver and Gold Awards, links could be made with industry or community workers for students to gain a new understanding of the role of science and engineering in the community.

Achievement of each Award level is also subject to the approval of the National CREST Office.

CREST provides a range of support resources for students and teachers, including:

  • profile cards to help teachers monitor the progress of their students
  • student handbooks to assist the students in satisfying a range of criteria
  • science and technology project planners to guide the students through this open-ended process.

Students completing any Award are encouraged to enter their project into their local Science Teacher Association competitions . At the discretion of your local STA, projects entered in their competitions are also considered for nomination in the prestigious BHP Billiton Science & Engineering Awards

Pre-Advanced CREST activities

Before students commence planning for projects which allow them to meet the criteria for an Advanced CREST Award, they would benefit significantly from completing a selection of the science and technology activities contained in the CREST teacher handbooks.

Science Inquiry Projects

In science classes, students should watch teacher demonstrations of open-ended investigations before carrying out structured practical investigations.

During these preliminary CREST activities students gain an understanding of how to:

  • choose their own topic
  • plan and conduct their investigation
  • record ideas and work completed
  • process and analyse their experimental data
  • evaluate and reflect on their achievements
  • communicate their findings.

Technology Projects

Before starting a technology project, students should observe teacher demonstrations of problem solving activities incorporating the design, production and appraisal process before working through problem solving tasks either singly or in groups.

During these preliminary CREST activities students gain an understanding of how to:

  • investigate solutions
  • devise a proposal for the best solution
  • plan and carry out production
  • evaluate impacts and processes
  • record ideas and work completed.

Advanced CREST project ideas

We've put together some Advanced CREST project ideas covering biology, physics, kitchen chemistry, around the house technology, sports, hobbies and more. These projects are recommended for secondary school students

Bronze CREST project ideas

Silver CREST project ideas

Gold CREST project ideas

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