Science: For Gifted and Talented Children

Optimum Challenge  offer Science group  sessions  for Gifted and Talented students, leading them towards the nationally  recognised UK CREST award. Learn more about the award below:

 CREST is the British Science Association's scheme for STEM project work that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers. 

CREST gives young people aged 5–19 the chance to choose their own subject and methodology when completing their hands-on investigation.

CREST is a nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

A consistent and high standard of assessment and moderation is achieved for the scheme via our network of industry experts from the STEM and education sectors. It has been running since 1986 and sees tens of thousands of young people taking part each year.


See How Our Sessions Look By Age Group

Science Age 5-7 


The principal focus of our Science Star course for 5-7 year olds is to enabling students to explore an idea from a story. They are encouraged to think and talk about  their ideas for an investigation in the group sessions and different ways to approach it. Children are then given the opportunity to discuss and decide how they will carry out their investigation with support and prompts from our tutor. Students think about and how they will complete their investigation and report on it. 


Science Age 8-11 


The principal focus of our Science Super Star  course for 8-11 year olds  is to ensure that students develop independent thinking and problem solving. The challenges relate to broader situations that students are likely to have come across. Students are offered the opportunity to learn through hands on challenges by learning through hands-on challenges by exploring the world around them. Students develop both their investigative and teamwork skills. This course is super preparation for the challenging Key Stage 3 Science Curriculum.

Science Age 12-16

The focus of our Science course for 12-16 year olds is to encourage students to complete a larger project. Over the course of the project, teams of students design their own investigation, record their findings and reflect on their learnings. The process gives students a taste of what it is like to be a scientist or engineer in the real world.  The 12-16 course progresses through bronze, silver and gold awards. As the  students progress, the projects get more self directed, longer term and immerse the students in real research. All Gold awards are assessed by CREST assessors via our online platform. 

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For more detail on what to expect from our Science courses please click below.