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.
Impact of CREST Jack, a teacher from London, has been running CREST in his school for the last 6 years, and started hosted Discovery Days two years ago. In that time, he has found CREST to be a great way “to offer something extra to students looking for a challenge”, particularly those interested in the real-world application of science. Jack runs CREST as an extra-curricular club in his school, which he’s called the CREST Society, and it’s a space that allows students to learn new skills such as referencing, research methods and data analysis. Jack believes that, “giving students the option to explore any topic is equally thrilling for the teachers who have to support the students, as it allows everyone to discover something new”. If he could offer just one piece of advice to other teachers who are thinking about running CREST, he’d tell them to “talk to other teachers and get them on board”, as he believes that, “a team, however small, will make CREST more manageable and more enjoyable”. 16 17