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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11 months ago

Stop the spread

  • Text
  • Pupils
  • Materials
  • Crest
  • Washing
  • Global
  • Sanitation
  • Infectious
  • Diseases
  • Starter
  • Goals
  • Merged

3 Kit list You will need

3 Kit list You will need • PowerPoint presentation • Drop by Drop Student Packs (one per student) • CREST Discovery passport (one per student) Starter materials • small pieces of paper (approx. 10x10cm) • glitter • Vaseline • three washing up bowls • soap Materials for modelling • K’NEX (including pulleys) • skewers • straws • string • plastic water/fizzy drinks bottles (different sizes) • scissors • Blu Tack • paper clips • split pins • card (varying thicknesses) • sticky tape/masking tape • plastic cups • craft knives • glue • hole borer • plus, any other junk modelling materials that you may have e.g. milk bottles with handles, yogurt pots, cotton reels Materials for testing • small watering can with sprinkle attachment • trays to place model in Materials for research/communications activity • access to internet • useful apps for animation e.g. stick man • large pieces of paper for poster making • coloured paper • card • other craft materials • scissors • glue • sticky tape

4 Example timetable This challenge is very flexible and will take approximately 3-5 hours to complete. The exact length is dependant up whether you do all the starter activities and how long you allow for the main challenge of building the hand washing station and producing the materials for primary pupils. The following is a guide to timings based on pupils carrying out the challenge in a five-hour day to achieve a CREST Discovery Award. It can of course be used as a guide for a number of separate sessions. Slide Time (mins) Activity 1-3 10 Introduce the topic. Brainstorm infectious and non-infectious diseases. 4 5 Discussion around how infectious diseases spread 5 15 Starter Activities 6 5 Links to the Global Goals 7 15 What is already being done? Watch video and read case study then discuss 8 5 Introduce the main challenge. 9 10 Divide pupils into groups of 3-5. Hand out the ‘Drop by Drop’ Guide and make sure pupils understand the challenge. Look at ‘Evaluating the Work of Others’ sheet and discuss how the challenge will be evaluated. 10 5 If your pupils are taking part in the CREST Discovery Award hand out the CREST Discovery passports and explain what they will need to do. 11 - 12 5 Activity: Go through the key points (leave up during the main activity) 5 Ask pupils to sort out roles within their group. 20 Ask pupils to begin designing their model and start doing research into infectious diseases. 120 (2h) Encourage pupils to start building and testing their models and at the same time producing materials for the primary school pupils. 20 mins from end add in extra credits. 15 Pupils practice their presentation. 40 Pupils present their model and other materials to the class to feedback. 10 Pupils finish filling in their CREST Discovery passport. 13 10 Show pupils the real example of a hand washing station; discuss how this compares to their models.