Resources and ideas

If it’s your first time taking part, there is no need to start from scratch and create a brand-new project!

Why not try using some existing resources and develop new ideas from there?

We would highly recommend the following resources and project ideas from our partners. These resources are all free and talk you through the steps you need to take, along with the equipment and materials you might need.

CREST Awards

CREST is a nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in the STEM subjects. CREST provides activities and project ideas for a range of ages, group size and abilities. From off-the-shelf, one-hour long challenges through to large-scale, student-led projects, CREST can be done by anyone.

Check out their online resource library full of science project ideas:

Check out their guide to project-work:

Practical Action

Practical Action is a global charity that uses ingenious solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world. Their engaging free teaching resources give pupils the opportunity to come up with their own solutions for global challenges such as food security, energy access and problems cause by climate change such as flooding and drought.

Materials include teachers note’s, pupils worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, certificates, posters and more, all free to download from the website:

STEM Learning

Join the STEM Learning community for free and engage with other educators, sharing resources and ideas.

Their website allows you to search for helpful teacher-made resources to use to conduct project-work:


EDT’s Go4SET projects run over 10 weeks and offer young people age 12-14 the opportunity to develop skills, inform subject choice and change perceptions about STEM, raising awareness of how studying these subjects can lead to a rewarding career.

Check out the series of challenges that they run, ranging from energy to recycling to healthy eating:

Learned Societies

Royal Academy of Engineering:

Royal Society of Chemistry:

Royal Society of Biology:

Institute of Physics: