CREST Awards for Big Ideas!
BSA CREST Awards and Solutions for the Planet
As our schools are aware, since the start of the 2016/17 Big Ideas programme, Solutions for the Planet have been working with the British Science Association as a CREST Award delivery partner. Our Global Good Award-winning Big Ideas programme is also CREST-accredited to Bronze Level. All the members of the school teams that participate in Big Ideas Day, submit their completed business plan into our Big Ideas Competition by the end of March, and continue on to present their Big Idea at a Regional Final, are eligible for a Bronze CREST Award! These Awards are sponsored by Solutions for the Planet’s business partners, and the applications for them have already been submitted. As soon as we receive the certificates, we will contact the schools so they can arrange to present them to their students.
“The BSA believes that science and technology are a central part of our culture, and that everyone should feel able to be involved. The Solutions for the Planet Big Ideas Competition Final was so inspiring because of the young people who are leading the innovation and driving forward ideas themselves – not sitting back and waiting for ‘professionals’ to come up with solutions to the planet’s problems. All the big ideas were highly impressive, and I have no doubt that many will go on to make a real difference to people’s lives. The essence of the BSA’s CREST Awards is to reward excellent creative STEM project work – and this was certainly excellent!” Maria Rossini, Education Partnerships Manager
The Benefits of CREST Awards
“CREST Awards are highly valued by employers and universities. You can make the most of the skills and experiences you have gained through your CREST Award to help you stand out from the crowd. When you’re applying for university, for an apprenticeship or for a job, you can use CREST to enhance your application – they’re well regarded, high-quality and a tangible recognition of success.”
“CREST Awards can be used together with a range of other activities, to help you gain further recognition:
- You can count it towards your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Skills section at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels
- You can achieve a CREST Gold Award for Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) work in science, technology, engineering or maths
- You can use your CREST project to enter a national competition such as the Big Bang Competition
- Children’s University at all Award levels.”
Students who achieve their Bronze CREST Award on Solutions for the Planet’s Big Ideas programme, and then continue through to the National Finals and beyond, could find themselves eligible to apply independently for the Silver CREST Award, and there was recently some incredibly positive impact findings about that award, as can be read in the Impact Report here.
Silver and Gold are externally assessed and require all groups to submit a project report and individual student profile forms reflecting on their project. These will then be assessed by a pool of expert CREST assessors who will give feedback and confirm the award if the project meets at least 11 of the 15 criteria. It is really important that students document their project as they go along so they have all the evidence they need to submit when entering for the CREST Award. If you sign up for a CREST account you can download all the relevant facilitator guides, student guides and profile forms needed. Students can sign up for an account online and lead the project themselves, they don’t need a teacher. However, at Gold level they must have a professional mentor from industry or academia to support their project and we strongly encourage mentors at Silver level too.