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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Machines of the future teacher pack

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

Timings (for a one-day

Timings (for a one-day project) Activity Description Timing Starter PowerPoint presentation to introduce the topic of machine learning, the design challenge and purpose of the project. Welcome and introduction to CREST Awards. 40m Workshops A rotation of three 20-minute interactive workshops to engage the students and develop their knowledge and understanding of machine learning. Activities for the workshops are designed so they can be student led with light facilitation. They can be adapted from workflows for younger students. 1h 10min Break Research and Planning Students work in their teams to research ideas and start to develop their own concept for a machine learning tool. 1h 10min Lunch Design This section focuses on a more detailed design of the machine learning tool. The teams will work together to develop their concept, draw a scale model, and start to think about marketing considerations for their product. 1h 20m Presentations Team’s finalise and deliver their 5-minute presentations. Teachers and students provide constructive feedback, and have a chance to ask questions. 30m Plenary Students reflect on their learning and complete their CREST Discovery passport. 10m Top tips • To inspire your students, why not invite a STEM ambassador or Inspiring the Future volunteer to introduce the project or give feedback on students’ presentations. • When considering timings, start with the end of your school day and work backwards. • Account for timings that cannot be changed, such as lunch breaks, and schedule around them. • Try and plan the day to give your students as much time as possible for the practical activities. • Before presentations, allow 5 minutes for students to clear their tables and tidy away any equipment. • You may wish to adapt these timings, depending on the age and ability of your students. 6

Timings (for a five-lesson project) Activity Description Timing Starter and one workshop PowerPoint presentation to introduce the topic of machine learning, the design challenge and purpose of the project. Welcome and introduction to CREST Awards. Students try one of the three 20-minute interactive workshops and develop their knowledge and understanding of machine learning. Activities for the workshops are designed so they can be student led with light facilitation. They can be adapted from workflows for younger students. 1h Two workshops Recap previous session. Facilitate the remaining two 20-minute interactive workshops to engage the students and develop their knowledge and understanding of machine learning. Activities for the workshops are designed to be student led, with hands-off teacher supervision. 1h Research and Planning Students work in their teams to research ideas and start to develop their own concept for a machine learning tool. 1h Design This section focuses on a more detailed design of the machine learning tool. The teams will work together to develop their concept, draw a scale model, and start to think about marketing considerations for their product. 1h Presentations and plenary Team’s finalise and deliver their 5-minute presentations. Teachers and students provide constructive feedback, and have a chance to ask questions. Students reflect on their learning and complete their CREST Discovery passport. 1h Top tips • To inspire your students, why not invite a STEM ambassador or Inspiring the Future volunteer to introduce the project or give feedback on students’ presentations. • Students might like to do extra work on their designs between lessons. 7