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.
Discovery Day Award Enrich My Classroom has been designed, with funding from URENCO, to help teachers run an engaging one-day CREST Discovery Day activity for 11–14 year olds on the theme of research, design and engineering. This document, along with the accompanying resources, form a step-by-step guide to make running ‘Enrich My Classroom’ clear and easy. CREST is a UK award scheme for 11–19 year olds recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM project work. If you would like your students to achieve a CREST Discovery Award for taking part in the day, you will need to register them; please visit www.crestawards.org for information about registering online or with your CREST Local Coordinator before the event. Alternatively, if you do not wish to register for the full CREST Discovery Award, you can still use these activities and resources on their own. 4
About the day Context The focus of the Discovery Day is 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 are an example of a company in this field; they enrich 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. You can learn more about this process at www.urenco.com. URENCO also 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. There are many applications of science and technology in the world around us. New approaches and designs are being introduced all the time, usually to solve a specific problem. During this process a period of research and testing is carried out. This research will usually involve market research, which means working with the audience affected by the problem to find out their impressions and ideas about the proposed solution. Skills Students will develop the following skills as part of the Discovery Day: • Problem solving • Independent learning • Organisation • Teamwork • Communication. The group will be split into teams of 5–7 for the Discovery Day. For the research workshops in the first phase of the day, team members are split between the workshops and complete these alongside members of other teams. Following this, they each return to their own team to feedback what they have learned. As a team they will then develop their own ideas for enriching the classroom, based on at least two different research workshops. These ideas will be presented to their peers at the end of the session. 5
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