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.

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2 years ago

Machines of the future teacher pack

  • Text
  • Activities
  • Timings
  • Feedback
  • Teams
  • Powerpoint
  • Develop
  • Workshops
  • Workshop
  • Crest
  • Examples
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Facilitation questions

Facilitation questions Use these questions to facilitate discussion around examples of machine learning in everyday life. Use the questions throughout the other activities to remind students what machine learning is. These questions can also be used to help students refine their ideas during the research, planning and design stages. Examples of machine learning • Can you think of any other examples in your life which you think use machine learning? • What is it for and who uses it? • Can you describe how it works? • What information does the machine or system use to make decisions? • Can the machine improve by itself without being told what to do? Can it ‘learn’? • Is it reliable, does it always get it right? Is it machine learning? • Is this an example of machine learning? • How do you know it is machine learning? • What is the input or data used by the machine? • What is the algorithm - what is the purpose of the machine? • What is the output - what does the machine do? • What is the test - how does the machine know how well it is working? Is there a chance to rate its performance? • What is the feedback - how does the machine improve its performance and learn from mistakes? Coming up with ideas • How will this make your life easier? • Could both those ideas be combined? • Is it machine learning? • What might your idea look like? • Can you draw it? • How will you explain your idea clearly and simply? Considering the risks • Do you think people will want to use this machine or system? • Why/why not? • What concerns might people have? • What if the data (images etc) was shared publicly? • What could go wrong? • Who would be responsible (pay for any damage) if that happened? • How could you overcome these problems? 12

CREST Discovery Award Students should complete the CREST Discovery Passport, available at When you assess the passport to submit the Awards, you will be recognising the skills that students will gain through participation in the day. Preparation Ready to get going with CREST? Sign up for a CREST account here: Create a new Discovery Award project with the names of the students and the title of the project. Run the project We've created some super handy packs to help you deliver a successful Discovery Day. The activities in these packs can be done in one day or over a period of shorter sessions, whichever suits you. Students should spend 5 hours on the project. You can download the Discovery Passport when you create your CREST account by following the link above. Make sure you complete a risk assessment before running the project: • Unless stated, no external links have been checked by CLEAPSS. • Safety checked but not trialled by CLEAPSS. Enter your project for a CREST Discovery Award Hard work deserves a reward! Celebrate and certify your students’ achievements by entering their project for a CREST Discovery Award. Simply 1. Log in to your CREST account at 2. Select the project and upload a sample of the students' Passports or other project evidence. 3. Check the participating students have met each of the criteria on the teacher assessment page. 4. Finally, complete the delivery and payment details to order your snazzy certificates. 5. Congratulations on completing CREST Discovery! What next? The scientific discovery doesn't need to end here. Students can have a go at the next level up - CREST Bronze. Don't keep all the fun to yourselves, encourage others to take part in CREST projects and share the wonder of science. For free ideas on how to get started, see Reflection So, your students have been hard at work and completed their CREST project, but don't let this be the end of their learning. At the end of the project ask all students to complete their Discovery Passport. This is a chance for them to reflect on all the interesting things they've learnt and the invaluable skills they have used. 13


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