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.
Electricity Fact file: Power usage When power companies measure electricity usage for bills, they will write this down in terms of a kilowatt hour. This is a measure of energy. However, appliances are generally described in terms of the power they use, and this is measured in watts or kilowatts. The power needed to run a variety of items found in the classroom can be found in the table below. Item Power (kilowatts) Desktop computer 0.2 Laptop 0.65 Lighting 1.0 Interactive whiteboard 0.0025 Digital projector 0.2 To find the total energy in kilowatt hours for each item you should multiply the power by the number of hours the item is used for (this could be a fraction of an hour): Energy (kilowatt hours) = Power (kilowatts) x Time (hours) To get the total electricity used in the classroom for one day, you should perform this calculation for each item based on how many hours it is used for, and then add up the energy used by all the items. Don’t forget that there may be multiple computers or laptops in the one classroom.
Presentation skills Fact file Structuring your presentation • Introduction: set out what you are going to talk about. • Content: divide content up amongst team members, ensure your solutions are clearly presented. • Conclusion: summarise main points. Visuals You can use slides and other items to highlight particular points within your presentation. However, keep it simple and stick to the following guidelines: • Be consistent: use the same colours and font throughout. • Limit your use of text. Supporting items on slides may include animations, diagrams and charts, tables, photographs, or illustrations. Finding images can be time-consuming but worthwhile. Make sure you give your audience enough time to absorb and understand what you are showing them on each slide. Body language The main aim is to look natural and relaxed. Keep in mind the following things: • Posture: always stand, do not sit down. Try not to slouch, and keep your hands out of your pockets. • Eye contact: this establishes a connection with your audience. • Facial expressions: these allow us to convey our emotions. • Gestures: we can use movement to support something we are saying. A gesture can be a movement of your head, shoulders, hands or arms. When delivering your talk, remember: • Don’t hurry • Look friendly • Be enthusiastic • Keep to your structure • Maintain eye contact • Use your notes.