Discovery challenges (ages 10-14)

Typically completed by 10-14 year olds, students work collaboratively on a five hour project or challenge in self-managed groups. During the project, they use a CREST Discovery passport to record and reflect on their work. Afterwards, students communicate their findings as a group presentation.

Each pack provides teaching guides, kit lists, example timetables and suggested starter activities to help you run your day. Find out more about CREST Discovery Awards.

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2 years ago

Enrich my Classroom Teacher Pack

  • Text
  • Nanotechnology
  • Coding
  • Magnetism
  • Ergonomics
  • Classrooms
  • Enrichment
  • Enrich
  • Workshops
  • Feedback
  • Electricity
  • Teams
  • Classroom
  • Crest
  • Materials
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Step-by-step guide

Step-by-step guide Design (90 mins) Using the challenge task sheet, each team should come up with ideas to enrich their classroom, based on the links between the workshop topics that they identified in the feedback session. 1. Support the groups to identify problems, generate ideas and carry out relevant research. 2. Students use the challenge task sheet to focus on one idea and start to develop their own concept for enriching their classroom. 3. Students prepare their presentation, they might like to make a poster or a PowerPoint, and to include images and diagrams. Encourage them to think about who will do the explaining during their presentation. Encourage each student to present and discuss what their role in the project was. Presentations (60 mins) Each team should prepare a presentation that is no longer than 5 minutes, with each member contributing. The content of the presentation should include: ● ● An overview of what they are enriching Information on how they came up with the idea ● Sketches, drawings or images to illustrate how their solution works. If time allows, other teams may be given the opportunity to ask questions. Reflection (10 mins) Time for students to reflect on their learning and complete their CREST Discovery passport. 10

CREST Discovery Award Students should complete the CREST Discovery Passport, available at When you assess the passport to submit the awards, you will be recognising the skills that students will gain through participation in the day. Preparation Ready to get going with CREST? Sign up for a CREST account here: Create a new Discovery Award project with the name(s) of the student(s) and the title of the project. If you don't have all the details, you can fill these in later! Run the project We've created some super handy packs to help you deliver a successful Discovery Day. The activities in these packs can be done in one day or over a period of shorter sessions, whichever suits you. Students should spend 5 hours on the project. You can download the Discovery Passport when you create your CREST account by following the link above. Make sure you complete a risk assessment before running the project. Reflection So, your students have been hard at work and completed their CREST project, but don't let this be the end of their learning. At the end of the project. ask all students to complete their Discovery Passport. This is a chance for them to reflect on all the interesting things they've learnt and the invaluable skills they have used. Enter your project for a CREST Discovery Award Hard work deserves a reward! Celebrate and certify your student’s achievement by entering their project for a CREST Discovery Award. Simply: 1. Log in to your CREST account at 2. Select the project and upload a sample of the students' Passports or other project evidence. 3. Check the participating students have met each of the criteria on the teacher assessment page. 4. Finally, complete the delivery and payment details to order your snazzy certificates. 5. Congratulations on completing CREST Discovery! What next? The scientific discovery doesn't need to end here. Students can have a go at the next level up – CREST Bronze. Don't keep all the fun to yourselves, encourage others to take part in CREST projects and share the wonder of science. For free ideas on how to get started, see 11

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