There are lots of resources available for teachers to access from our partner organisations and companies, many of which are free-of-charge. Scroll down to find links that signpost where to find inspiring ideas for activities, challenges, competitions and awards for STEM project work, as well as careers information.
The CREST Awards scheme is an education scheme run by the British Science Association for young people, providing science enrichment activities to inspire and engage 5-to-19-year olds. When we talk about science we mean it in the broadest sense possible, inclusive of natural and social sciences, engineering, maths and technology. CREST gives pupils the chance to participate in hands-on science through investigations and enquiry-based learning, supporting them to solve real-life STEM challenges through practical investigation and discussion.
It can be run in schools, after school clubs, other organisations or at home. CREST Awards challenges pupils to work creatively with freedom and independence throughout, they will have fun developing their problem solving and communication skills and links well to the national curriculum.
Star and SuperStar levels are designed to be easy-to-run for children typically aged 5-7 and 7-11 years. Children gain an Award by completing eight challenges, which are available to download from the CREST resource library. They also provide helpful tips sheets for you to use, explaining the scientific themes and offering guidance on conversation topics for your children.
You can download CREST Star and SuperStar passport templates for your pupils to track their progress once you create a free account.
Once your pupils have completed 8 different 1 hour activities, they can receive a certificate and a fabric badge for the cost of £1 per pupil.
Mewburn Ellis LLP, one of Europe’s leading intellectual property firms, is offering free Awards and funding for schools serving disadvantaged students in each of its four UK office locations: Bristol, Cambridge, London* and Manchester.
The funding will cover Award fees at all levels (Star/SuperStar, Discovery, Bronze, Silver & Gold) for eligible schools between October 2020 – August 2021. In addition to supporting around 1,000 students through the free Awards scheme, Mewburn Ellis is also providing £100 additional funding to invest in resources for the first ten schools per region to register – this has been extended! But don’t miss out!
If your school is in Cambridge (with a school postcode beginning with CB or PE) and you meet one of the following criteria, then you can register your interest by getting in touch with us your Regional CREST Support Organisation (RCSO). You will need a voucher code to access the funded awards which will be sent at registration providing you match the criteria. The voucher code will be valid until the 31 August 2021.
- Over 30% pupils receiving pupil premium funding
- Over 30% pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds
- All pupil referral and alternative provision units
- All SEND schools
- Schools who have a rural postcode*
*In a postcode listed as any type of “Rural” area under their government’s Rural Urban classification system. You can look up the Area Type for any UK postcode at https://www.ukpostcodecheck.com/
Claim your voucher code – please register using the relevant form LINK HERE and we will get in touch with you directly.
FREE Virtual British Science Week: 8–12 March 2021
Adastral Park places a huge focus on the next generation of technologists – hosting around 8,000 students each year, offering a free programme of stimulating events, virtual learning resources and working with global universities, to bring exciting careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths) to life.
Find out how Adastral Park are getting involved with British Science week
Association for Science Education: https://www.ase.org.uk/resources
Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal: https://www.hopinto.co.uk/
Institution of Civil Engineers: https://www.ice.org.uk/knowledge-and-resources/ice-library
Institute of Mathematics & Its Applications/Maths Careers: https://www.mathscareers.org.uk/
Institution of Mechanical Engineers: https://www.imeche.org/careers-education
Institute of Physics: https://www.iop.org/education/index.html
Royal Society of Biology: https://www.rsb.org.uk/teachers
Royal Society of Chemistry: https://edu.rsc.org/
Tomorrow’s Engineers: https://www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/
Platform providing access to school network/provision of live/recorded materials: learnliveuk.com