CREST Awards and the Big Ideas Programme

October 24, 2023

What is CREST?

CREST is a scheme run by the British Science Association that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers.

CREST stands for “CREativity in Science and Technology.” It is a nationally recognized scheme for student-led project work in STEM subjects. The program’s primary goal is to encourage young minds to delve into the world of science and engineering by designing and developing their STEM projects.

The CREST Awards are split into 4 levels and are awarded to students who complete STEM projects which fall within specific criteria.

For more information about CREST, click here.

How does the Big Ideas Programme align with CREST?

The Big Ideas Programme and CREST share a common vision of empowering young people, particularly those who are underrepresented in STEM.

Here are some key aspects of CREST and how the Big Ideas Programme meets the CREST criteria:

Inspiration and Empowerment: CREST inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers. It encourages them to choose STEM project topics that resonate with their interests and daily lives, giving them a unique opportunity to apply scientific principles in a practical manner.

The Big Ideas Programme allows students to choose the sustainability project they are interested in, and develop their idea in the context of a range of STEM subjects in both theoretical and practical ways.

Transferable Skills: Through CREST projects, students not only gain scientific knowledge but also develop essential transferable skills. These include problem-solving, creativity, and effective communication, which are valuable in various aspects of life.

Students who take part in the Big Ideas Programme are encouraged to develop a range of different skills including all those listed above, plus things like team work, presentation skills and networking skills.

Due to the significant alignment of the Big Ideas Programme with key CREST criteria, we are thrilled that all students who take part in the Big Ideas Programme are eligible to receive at least one CREST Award:

CREST Discovery Award

All students who take part in a Big Ideas Day are eligible for this award

This level introduces students to real project work, giving them the freedom to run their investigations. Big Ideas Days provide an ideal platform for this award, where students explore sustainability issues, choose a topic, and work on a sustainable solution. They develop essential STEM skills, including teamwork, communication, and problem-solving, while investigating and creating their solutions.

CREST Bronze Award

All students who reach the Regional Finals are eligible for this award

This level empowers students to work like real scientists, technologists, engineers, or mathematicians. Big Ideas Programme students who undergo Development Sessions and submit their projects to Regional Finals are eligible for this award. They have the opportunity to develop their ideas, create an in-depth business plan, and explore various aspects of their Big Ideas, from finance to marketing.

Benefits to Students

Participating in the CREST program through the Big Ideas Programme offers a multitude of benefits to students:

Enhanced UCAS Personal Statements: CREST Bronze can be a valuable addition to students’ UCAS personal statements, demonstrating their commitment to STEM education and hands-on problem-solving.

Certificates and Recognition: Students receive certificates to mark their achievement in the Big Ideas Day and Big Ideas Programme. These certificates serve as tangible recognition of their success and dedication.

High-Quality Recognition: CREST awards are well-regarded in the education and STEM communities. They validate students’ achievements and indicate their commitment to science and technology.

Skill Development: The Big Ideas Programme, coupled with CREST accreditation, equips students with a range of valuable skills, including teamwork, problem solving, and research skills. These skills are not only crucial for academic success but also for future career opportunities.

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