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, and is suitable for everyone aged 11 to 19.
The awards are widely recognised and can be used to enhance applications to colleges, universities and employers.
- Learn more about CREST on the British Science Association website
Earn your award with OPAL surveys
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.
- Case study: Nottingham - Find out how a school in Nottingham used the OPAL Air Survey to gain their CREST Awards
Here are some ideas to get you started. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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?