Recognise the efforts and competencies of your students with our non-competitive, competency-based CREST Awards across a continuum of capabilities.

Students need multiple and varied experiences with structured and guided inquiries to develop the procedural knowledge and skills required for open inquiry.

Within the CREST program, there are three levels of CREST Awards: Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced. Within each level are two CREST Awards, for a total of six CREST Awards altogether. Across these levels, responsibility for the inquiry gradually shift from teachers to students, and students increasingly demonstrate independence and originality in their inquiries.

The levels of inquiry are aligned with the understandings, skills, and confidence of students to lead their own learning, engage with scientific or technological ideas, and practise the various methods and processes appropriate to each discipline. As such, it is possible for students in any school year to engage at any stage of inquiry; any student's progression through the levels of inquiry does not necessarily align with progression through the years of schooling.

Introductory CREST Awards

Introductory CREST Awards describe closed inquiries, in which the focus topic, aim, methods or processes, and anticipated outcome(s) of the inquiry are largely determined and directed by the teacher.

Green CREST Awards are confirmatory, in that inquiry demonstrates or confirms an established explanatory idea (in science), or the utility or function of a novel or established design or technology (in technologies and engineering).

Orange CREST Awards are structured, in that the inquiry is structured to achieve the aim and outcomes determined by the teacher. However, within the structure there is scope for students to make decisions about the conduct of the investigation, for example, how best to collect data, represent data, or explain the results.

Intermediate CREST Awards

Intermediate CREST Awards describe facilitated inquiries, in which the student is able to determine the focus topic, aim, methods or processes, and anticipated outcome(s) of the inquiry, in negotiation with and facilitated by the teacher.

Blue CREST Awards are guided in that the inquiry is guided by parameters set by the teacher. Often Blue CREST Awards are stimulated by a demonstration, data set, scenario, or text (written, video, or visual) provided through CREST Awards resources, or by the teacher.

Bronze CREST Awards engage students in their first experience of open inquiry through the CREST Awards program. In negotiation with their teacher, students define and direct the terms of their inquiry. The anticipated findings of the inquiry should be uncertain to the student, even if the teacher can predict the outcomes of an ideal investigation.

Advanced CREST Awards

Advanced CREST Awards involve open inquiry. Students define and direct the terms of their inquiry, under the supervision of a teacher, and in some circumstances, a mentor. Both Silver and Gold CREST Awards involve some form of innovation. Advanced CREST Awards are evaluated by CREST-accredited assessors, who determine whether the competencies have been demonstrated at the required standard, and the CREST Award should be granted.

Silver CREST Awards extend students' experience of open inquiry, in a minimum of 30 hours. Under the supervision of their teacher, students define and direct the terms of their inquiry. Due to an element of innovation, either in the scope, aim, or design of the inquiry, or in the application of the findings to the real-world, the anticipated findings of the inquiry should be uncertain.

Gold CREST Awards deepen students' experience of open inquiry, through the undertaking of an investigation or project taking a minimum of 100 hours. Under the supervision of their teacher and a mentor, students define and direct the terms of their inquiry. Gold CREST Awards must be innovative in both: the scope, aim, or design of the inquiry, and in the application of the findings to the real-world. The anticipated findings of the inquiry will be uncertain, if not unknown.

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