Miss Yates has launched Cleveland’s entry into the CREST Awards with special assemblies for all the KS2 children. CREST gives students 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.
The awards aim to raise standards in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and there are Super Star awards for children in Years 3-6. It will consist of 8 challenges – 4 of which are completed at school during Science Week (in June) and 4 are completed at home with parents. Not only is this an amazing opportunity for the children to develop their interest in the STEM subjects, it is also a nationally recognised initiative which is now officially part of Sadiq Khan’s Mayor’s London Scientist initiative.
Recognition: All students who take part will get a Mayor's London Scientist certificate. This award recognises their achievement and encourages them to carry on with STEM subjects.
Skills development: By becoming a Mayor's London Scientist, students will gain real-life experience of ‘being’ a scientist and working on STEM projects. Taking part in a project will help students improve their enquiry, problem solving and communication skills.
Empowerment: The Mayor wants young people to examine and take ownership of London’s challenges – from air pollution to biodiversity loss. By so doing, they can play a role in the solutions. Completing a Mayor's London Scientist project empowers young people to do this.
You will find the information for all the challenges on the Crest awards website:
These are the four chosen activities:
1. A special tree – paper, questionnaire, access to the internet
2. Colorado brown stain – access to the internet, access to books about teeth.
3. Disappearing dinosaurs – internet/ books for research
4. How do you drink yours? – questionnaire