The CREST Star Programme

undefinedCREST Star is a UK-wide award scheme, developed by the British Science Association, enabling children aged 5 - 11 to solve science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) problems through practical investigation. Launched in 2007 CREST Star is used in primary and special educational needs schools across the UK as well as several international schools overseas.

The Awards

CREST Star has three awards with over 60 investigations

  • Star (Key Stage 1) complete 8 investigations
  • SuperStar (Key Stage 1 & 2 ) complete 12 investigations
  • MegaStar (Key Stage 2) complete 3 projects

CREST Star activities focus on a mixture of hands-on practical work and discussion, encouraging children to work independently of adults. Lasting approximately one hour, the investigations are designed to be used in a club, in lessons, or outside of school. You don't need a science background or even to be a teacher to run them. Full notes are provided as part of the resources including a list of everything you need for the activity.

What's included in the scheme?

As a CREST Star member you will receive online access to:

  • Over 60 investigations with supporting resources;
  • Logbooks to record your investigators' progress through the awards;
  • Customisable award certificates to celebrate when your leaners complete their awards;
  • School membership certificate recognising your involvement in the scheme;
  • New activities each year covering all the award levels.

CREST Star investigators is an online membership scheme and it is now FREE!

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ZSL London Zoo offers a range of recently updated workshops for schools accredited to CREST Star. If you’re looking for a fantastic day out for your class, with amazing animals to see and plenty of science-learning opportunities then ZSL zoos are the place for you!  Check out ZSL London’s new and updated primary resources and activities here. Habitats and Adaptations is a new Super Star Activity for 2014/15.