CITB has developed a Bronze level CREST Award for construction which helps students to understand how Maths and Science are useful for a career in construction
What is the CREST Award scheme?
The CREST Award scheme is managed by the British Science Association and raises young people’s awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.
The CREST Award has direct links with the national curriculum, including GCSEs and the BTEC Introductory/First Diploma in Construction, and is suitable for 14-16 year olds.
CREST is highly regarded, with UCAS recommending that university applicants highlight their CREST award in personal statements.
Why should schools choose the Sustainable Communities CREST Challenge?
CITB has recently developed a new Bronze level CREST Award in conjunction with the construction employers and the British Science Association.
The Award aims to:
- Show how Science and Maths can be useful for a career in construction
- Educate young people about the key challenges which the construction industry faces
- Engage volunteers from the construction industry as positive role models
- Increase young people’s awareness of the variety of careers, skills needs and progression opportunities in the construction industry
- Show what career opportunities the construction industry offers to people from a wider variety of backgrounds to the sector
The Sustainable Communities CREST Challenge demonstrates that students understand how design and engineering processes work.
- Planning a project and conducting the research behind it
- Carrying out the project a methodical way
- Drawing sensible conclusions and producing an outcome that meets the brief
- Understanding the science and engineering behind their project
- Communicating the project to the companies worked with and other audiences
- Showing initiative in managing the project and creativity in solving problems
How do students achieve the Sustainable Communities CREST Challenge?
The Sustainable Communities CREST Challenge invites students to develop a housing plan for a 2000m2 site including 10 homes.
The specification for site includes a combination of 2-5 bedroom homes, parking, green space and other features. Students must use a minimum of three sustainable materials and three techniques which make the homes more sustainable to run.
The project is launched by an employer, following a site visit to a local construction project where students can see a variety of sustainable techniques on show.
At the end of the activity they are asked to produce the following evidence:
- A site plan (scale of 1cm to 2m)
- A proposal that describes the site plan and identifies how the plan meets the client’s needs
- A copy of the project plan (critical path analysis) that was used to complete the challenge
- Short reflective report from each member of the company
How can our school get more information about the Sustainable Communities CREST Challenge?
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