Discovery challenges (ages 10-14)

Typically completed by 10-14 year olds (Key Stages 2 and 3), students work collaboratively on a five hour project or challenge in self-managed groups. They record and reflect on their work during the project, using a CREST Discovery passport, and communicate their findings as a group presentation.
Each pack below provides teaching guides, kit lists, example timetables and suggested starter activities to help you run your day. Find out more about this level on the Discovery page .

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Getting Started Guide: Discovery

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CREST Discovery objectives Typical Timetable for a DiscoverY Day CREST projects contain the following elements: Real-world context Students take part in a project with links to real life problems and investigations Problem solving Students apply creative approaches when developing solutions Independent working Students gain independent working skills, completing their challenges independently of adults Introduction Set the challenge and assign roles 15min 15min Decision making Students discuss and decide how they will carry out their investigation, with prompts and support from their facilitator Practical science Students complete either a single project or a series of linked challenges Reflective practice Students explore scientific problems and how to record results Student research 1 hour Feedback and designing/making/testing solutions 1.5 hours Finalising ideas and preparing to present 1 hour Reporting and communicating Students think about and share how to test their ideas, and practice telling people what they did Research Students acquire new knowledge relevant to the task and learn how to apply it appropriately Creativity Students show creative thinking in carrying out the project Group presentations Reflection 30min 30min 6 7