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.
Life cycle analysis RAW MATERIALS Where do your raw materials come from? Are they environmentally friendly? Are they recycled or recyclable? Will they be sourced locally? MANUFACTURING How is your product made? Will it require a lot of energy or water to make? PACKAGING How will your product be packaged? Will you use environmentally friendly materials? Will there be a lot of waste? DISPOSAL How will your product be disposed of? Is it easy to recycle? USE How will your product be used? Will it affect the environment? For example, does it require energy? How long will it last for? Is it easy to repair? DISTRIBUTION How will you distribute your product? Does it need to be kept warm/cold? Does it have to travel far?
Sustainability analysis Procurement What things will you need for your business? Make a list. Where will you buy these from? Can you source them sustainably by buying things that are made from recycled or environmentally friendly materials, by buying less, by buying things that come with minimal or no packaging, etc.? Energy How much energy will it take to provide your service and where will this energy come from? Transport The transportation involved in your business may relate to the other elements on this sheet. What will you do to reduce the amount of transportation required? Water How much water will it take to provide your service? Will the water be polluted/contaminated? What will happen to this water after your business has used it? Waste How much waste will your business create? What steps will you take to minimise waste? Can your waste be recycled? Positive change Will your business do anything to actively improve the environment by contributing to biodiversity, educating others about environmental issues, etc.?