For the first time at Christ The King Catholic Voluntary Academy, we are able to offer students the opportunity to take their Gold CREST awards. CREST Awards are undertaken by 11-to-19-year-olds, giving them opportunities to explore real-world science, technology, engineering and maths projects in an exciting way.
CREST is a UK award scheme that recognises success, and enables students to build their skills and demonstrate personal achievement in project work. It offers educators an easy-to-run framework for curriculum enhancement and is student-led, which means that young people take ownership of their projects and choose to undertake them in areas they enjoy or see as relevant. The Gold Award allows students to plan, research and implement a project in an area of science, technology, engineering or mathematics which is of interest to them. Their choice of project can be aligned to their future aspirations in terms of area of study and career choice. Students are then matched with carefully selected mentors from industry or academia, who are at the cutting edge of their field of research. Mentors will support and guide their research and support them to achieve their CREST award, which is recognised and respected by universities and industry.
A CREST activity offers students the opportunity to:
- Practice existing scientific and technological knowledge
- develop new knowledge
- follow a sensibly integrated process to complete a project
- demonstrate individual and independent learning
- apply their work to a ‘real world’ context
- research and make use of resources
- demonstrate some creativity or innovation in their work
- communicate their work to audiences, both expert and non-expert
- consider the broader implications of the work of scientists and technologists
CREST awards can also be used by any students currently taking their Duke of Edinburgh award to contribute towards the skills section.
We hope to be launching the Bronze and Silver Awards later in the year for pupils in younger year groups, with an exciting Forensics Day. We will provide more information on this nearer the time.
For more information, please use the following website or speak to Gillian James (Science Technician):