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Participatory Science Platform projects and CREST

How to CREST a Participatory Science Platform project.

Teachers of students who have completed a Participatory Science Platform project are eligible to apply for a student Participatory Science Platform and CREST Award.

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Students from the Curious About Processing Organic Waste Participatory Science Platform project. Credit: Crown copyright © MBIE. CC-BY 4.0.

CREST operates at five levels of difficulty where the students work either as individuals or in small teams. At all levels the student are learning skills in scientific research and/or technological practice.

Each level requires larger commitment as the students need to tackle more difficult projects as they progress through the levels in terms of content and research practice or skill. 

At the end of the Participatory Science Platform and CREST project each student will receive a badge and certificate, so students and teachers receive additional recognition for their work as well as establishing a pathway to further CREST involvement.

 

Eligibility

There are costs involved, so Project Leaders, Teachers / Schools are advised to follow their normal school procedures for collecting payment from/for students’ activity or to consider these costs being included in the project budget and application.

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Students from MothNet, which began as a Participatory Science Platform project. Credit: Crown copyright © MBIE. CC-BY 4.0

The Process

Teachers might like to consider ways in which they can use the Participatory Science Platform /CREST experience for any curriculum and/or assessment links.

Towards the end of the Participatory Science Platform project, teachers complete the Participatory Science Platform / CREST form, have it signed off by the Participatory Science Platform Project Leader and forward it to CREST.

If additional work is required CREST will issue a Participatory Science Platform / CREST award and a CREST badge.

Future Pathways

Those teachers and students who continue a Participatory Science Platform inspired project can use their Participatory Science Platform / CREST award as a pathway to the next CREST level, or other CREST options.

For example:

Participatory Science Platform Primary to First, or Team First CREST

Participatory Science Platform Team First to FirstBronze or Team Bronze CREST

Participatory Science Platform Team Bronze to Silver, Team Silver, Silver Challenge or Team Silver Challenge

and eventually( by Y12) Silver to Gold or Team Gold.

A Participatory Science Platform /CREST experience

Swamp Project

Contacts

For further information, please contact the local Participatory Science Platform Regional Co-ordinator:

Otago                                     Dr Craig Grant                     craig.grant@otagomuseum.nz

South Auckland                      Dr Sarah Morgan                 sarah.morgan@cometauckland.org.nz

Taranaki                                  Josh Richardson                   josh@venture.org.nz

CREST                                    Jessie McKenzie                   crest@royalsociety.org.nz

Download

Download the Participatory-Science-Platform-Crest-Awards.pdf flyer

Download the PSP-CREST-order-form.docx