What is CREST?
Creativity in Research, Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) is an educational program made available by CSIRO for students to develop their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills. Based on an inquiry approach to teaching and learning, students are engaged at all levels, in science investigations and technology projects, with an aim to progress students from structured inquiry through to open inquiry.
CREST supports teachers to facilitate inquiry learning in the classroom and provides scaffolded resources to enable students in Years K to 12 to achieve their award.
CREST is non-competitive, competency-based awards program, designed as an incentive to recognise student achievement in inquiry learning. There are six awards levels: Green, Orange, Blue, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Students conducting a CREST inquiry may work alone or in a team of up to three students.
A single school registration provides access to all six levels of CREST Awards. The cost for a school to register for CREST is $55 for a calendar year (January - December) and $20 for each subsequent year. The school registration process is done by a teacher through the CREST Online portal.
Further information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions in CREST Online.