Global CREST challenges

Project ideas for CREST awards

Global CREST challenges are based around Practical Action’s work, which uses science and technology to address global issues such as energy, water and food.  They give students a real insight into how science and technology can be used to tackle challenges faced by communities in the developing world, and how they can be part of the solution.  

These awards form part of the British Science Association's CREST award scheme.

The documents below provide information  on on how to get started with the CREST awards and project ideas for your pupils..  There are links to technical information used by real engineers and scientists in the field. These are now available on the technical briefs area of our schools website, making them easier for students to access.

To view an example of the Global CREST challenges being used in a schoolplease view our case study of Ursuline Academy

Getting Started

Background information on how to get started on the CREST award scheme using Practical Action's material as a starting point for projects.


Access to energy to be able to cook, produce lighting and heating is vital in lifting people out of poverty. Projects can be designed around renewable energy sources, and how to make, store, move and use energy.


Solving housing problems is a huge task in the developing world. Projects can be around the materials used in construction or the different designs needed for flood-proof or earthquake resistant housing.


Clean water is essential to life. Diseases carried by water kill millions of people every year. Ideas for projects around getting water, cleaning it, storing it and using it are suggested


Having sufficient food is one of the major challenges facing us all in the future. Growing, processing and storing food are all areas that make really interesting projects


Transport links are essential in helping people lift themselves out of poverty. Students can work on a range of transport projects form bicycles to aerial rope ways

New - challenges linked to the Youth Grand Challenges competition

In collaboration with the British Science Association we have produced two new sets of project ideas around infectious diseases.  Using these ideas pupils can enter their project into the Youth Grand Challenges competition, deadline 26th September 2017.

Global CREST challenges - Ursuline Academy at the Big Bang Fair

Squashed tomato challenge at the INTECH Science Centre

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