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About CREST Awards

CREST is designed to encourage years 0-13 students to be innovative, creative, and to problem solve in science, technology and environmental studies.

CREST is a Royal Society Te Apārangi programme where students are given authentic experiences in:

  • technological practice and/or scientific investigation,
  • carrying out projects focussing on finding creative solutions to problems that are of real significance in their lives
  • creative and innovative thinking
  • developing enterprise and entrepreneurial skills
  • working with experts.

CREST at a Glance

CREST structure

CREST operates at 5 levels of difficulty where the students work as individuals or in small teams. At all levels, the students learn skills in scientific research and/or technological practice.

Primary CREST

Contextualised and teacher-led activities.

First and Team First CREST

First and Team First are awards for practical projects.

Bronze and Team Bronze CREST

Bronze and Team Bronze are awards for more independent projects.

Silver and Team Silver CREST

Silver and Team Silver are awards for challenging projects.

Gold and Team Gold CREST

Gold and Team Gold awards are for advanced projects.

Celebrating CREST 

Students begin with small entry-level projects and build up to large research or technological practice projects that can take up to 18 months at Gold level, and have the potential for major new discoveries.

At the end of completed projects each student receives a badge and certificate and, in the case of Gold CREST, a medal.

CREST provides a framework for creative and practical student projects through Inquiry Learning.

CREST is an ideal opportunity for multiple assessment: NCEA credits; Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Awards, showcasing completed projects at regional science and technology fairs, and other science and technology competitions

Creativity, perseverance and application of knowledge


For more information email crest@royalsociety.org.nz