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.
Idea development Research and develop your concept (ALTERNATIVES & PROTOTYPE) Start by researching your chosen idea. Look into what similar products already exist and how they work for inspiration. ● How would your product or service work? ● ● ● ● Who is your target audience? Does your product or service meet its needs? Think about the whole process of your business. For example, if you are selling a product you could do a life cycle analysis to think about sustainability from creation to end of use. What will you do to ensure that your business will be sustainable? You will also need to make decisions about the physical designs of your product. How will you make your design both fit for purpose and attractive to consumers? Design and test your product or service (PROTOTYPE & ITERATE) Your first idea is never the final design for a product or service. When developing your idea, it is important to: ● Create prototypes and conduct tests to find out if your idea works. If your business idea is a service, you should still create something to get feedback on. You could: ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ Create some diagrams or drawings Make some wireframes or a storyboard to mock-up an app or website Design a logo for your invention Design packaging Think of a snappy strapline/motto Design an advert for your invention Because it can take more than five impressions for an individual to recognise a brand or specific marketing message, follow the 'Three Cs' for marketing messages: ○ Clear – What is the message and the offer of your invention? It must be clear and not filled with confusing words or phrases. ● ● ○ Compelling – Interesting, relevant, topical and important to your audience. ○ TIP! Consistent – Regardless of channel, the message must be the same. Get feedback from your target audience: you might like to create a survey or conduct interviews to find out what people think. Use your testing and feedback to resolve any issues and improve your product or service. 12
Life cycle analysis (for products) 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? DISPOSAL How will your product be disposed of? Is it easy to recycle? PACKAGING How will your product be packaged? Will you use environmentally friendly materials? Will there be a lot of waste? USE How will your product be used? Will it affect the environment? 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? 13