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.
There are more CREST approved resources that have been developed by our partners and providers specific to your region.
Contents 3 Background 3 Enrichment The future of the classroom URENCO Overview 4 Materials 5 Timings 6 Step-by-Step Delivery Guide 7 4 Pre-project preparation Introduction Workshops Research and planning Design Presentations Reflections About CREST Discovery 11 8 2
Background Schools have changed a lot over the years. Technology, research, design and engineering have transformed the classroom. Chalkboards became whiteboards and then Smart Boards. Notebooks and textbooks became laptops, e-books and tablets. Gone are overhead projectors and TV trolleys. Instead of passing notes, students are texting under their desks. Teachers have a much greater understanding of learning differences and there is a heavier focus on differentiation. Classrooms are more colourful. Desks are more often arranged in clusters than in rows. School lunches are healthier. The list goes on. Enrichment Enrichment occurs when you take something and make a change or addition that will improve it. There are many applications and uses of enrichment around us. For example, enrichment can describe a scientific process used in the nuclear industry. URENCO is an example of a company in this field; it enriches uranium so it becomes a usable fuel supply for nuclear power stations. Enrichment takes place inside a centrifuge, which spins really quickly to separate isotopes of uranium, U-235 and U-238. In this project, students are challenged to come up with an innovative idea to enrich their experience in the classroom. The future of classrooms What will classrooms look like in the future? Perhaps students of the future will be able to travel to the moon or be in the crowd when the Berlin Wall came down, from the comfort of their classroom. Instead of the 10 subject options available at their school, students might have access to 100s or 1000s of subjects and specialist teachers through online learning. Maybe there will be standing desks for students who have difficulty maintaining focus while sitting or moving walls will make spaces more adaptable. Technology, design and engineering certainly have an important role to play in improving our classrooms and there’s huge potential to use tools like VR, AI, chatbots and 3D printing to improve the value and impact of education. URENCO URENCO has teamed up with the British Science Association to sponsor this resource as it forms a key part of the Richie education programme, which focuses on nurturing an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. You can find out more about Richie, including the various teaching resources, quizzes and games, at www.learnwithrichie.com You can learn more about URENCO's work at www.urenco.com. URENCO supplies isotopes to a wide range of fields including the medical industry, where they are used in cancer treatments, and the food industry, where research into nutrition and diet requires isotopes of elements such as zinc, iron and calcium. 3
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