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.

There are more CREST approved resources that have been developed by our partners and providers specific to your region.


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Getting Started Guide: Discovery

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What is CREST? What is

What is CREST? What is CREST Discovery? CREST is a scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers. Student-led It is the UK’s only nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). CREST Discovery offers a great first introduction to STEM project work. Perfect for STEM enrichment days, or transition projects, students complete either a single activity or a series of linked challenges with clear real-world contexts. Equivalent to: • England and Wales: Upper KS2 towards KS3 • Scotland: P5, P6 & P7 • Northern Ireland: Upper KS2 towards KS3 • International: IB Middle Years Programme Flexible It gives young people aged 5–19 the chance to choose their own subject and methodology for their hands-on investigation. Trusted A consistent, high standard of assessment and moderation is achieved for the scheme via our network of industry experts from the STEM and education sectors. It has been running since 1986 with tens of thousands of young people taking part each year. Cost Student time required Resources Assessment Upon completion £3 per student 5 hours Teaching guides, printable student resources, presentations and suggested timetables available for download on website You or another facilitator should assess the students as they work and enter them for their award online Get certificates for your students Accessible It provides activities and project ideas for a range of ages, group sizes and abilities. From off-the-shelf, one-hour long challenges through to large-scale, student-led projects of over 70 hours of work or more, CREST can be done by anyone. 4 5