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Learning: CREST Awards – for ages 11-19

OPAL surveys can help you achieve your CREST Award

Design your own science project, collect real data, learn new skills and earn a valuable scientific award.

CREST is Britain’s largest award scheme for project work in science and technology. It is suitable for everyone aged between 11 and 19 years old.

The awards are widely recognised and can be used to enhance applications to colleges, universities and potential employers.

More than 300,000 young people have already earned their CREST Award and OPAL can help you achieve yours.

Earn your award by taking part in an OPAL survey

OPAL surveys are a fantastic resource to help you earn your CREST Award.

Think of a scientific question you’d like to answer, then use the OPAL survey guides to help you collect data for your CREST project.

By using OPAL resources or surveys as part of your CREST project, you will also receive an OPAL certificate.

Project ideas

Here are some ideas to get you started. If you have any questions, please contact opal [at] imperial [dot] ac [dot] uk

  • Does the abundance of earthworms differ between two different habitat types, such as grassland and woodland?
  • Do different habitat types have different soil pH values?
  • Do trees close to roads have more nitrogen-loving lichens than trees that are further away?
  • Is lichen diversity related to tree girth?
  • Do ponds stocked with fish show less aquatic diversity than those without fish?
  • Is the size of a pond related to its aquatic diversity?
  • Do neatly trimmed hedges house fewer invertebrates than hedges not cut so frequently?
  • Do hedges that include mature trees have greater numbers and more diversity of invertebrates than hedges without trees?