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.

There are more CREST approved resources that have been developed by our partners and providers specific to your region.


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Sustainable Solutions Student Pack

Richard Trevithick’s

Richard Trevithick’s steam locomotive carries ten tons of iron, five wagons and 70 people ten miles from Penydarren ironworks, Merthyr Tydfil to Abercynon in the world’s first powered railway journey. The Abbey Works steelworks at Port Talbot are opened, becoming the largest steelworks in Europe and employing 18,000 in the 1960s. Based in Carmarthenshire, Biopharm becomes Europe’s leading supplier of medical grade leeches. Hoover opens its factory in Merthyr Tydfil to build washing machines. The factory closes in 2009. Dr Lyn Evans, a Welsh scientist in charge of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) which aims to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang, shows a great Welsh contribution to science and technology. National Health Service (NHS) founded under Health Minister Aneurin Bevan. Bloodhound SSC announced. Partnership with Swansea University and the FLITE aerodynamics design system. Last deep mine in Wales closed. Tower Colliery in Hirwaun Rhondda Cynon Taff. Dinorwig Hydroelectric Power Station commissioned in North Wales. Still operational today. World’s second largest offshore wind farm, Gwynt y Môr, opened in North Wales. Sir Martin Evans wins the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his research into stem cells. Alzheimer’s breakthrough, jointly led by Cardiff University. The largest study of its kind explores the relationship between genetics and lifestyle in the development of the disease. 8

William R. Grove invents the fuel cell, a device that produced an electric current from hydrogen and oxygen reacting on platinum electrodes The first millionpound cheque was signed at the Coal Exchange in Mount Stuart Square in Cardiff Docks Brecon Beacons National Park awarded International Dark Sky Reserve silver award. First area of its kind in Wales Donald Davies devised the idea of information packet switching which lies behind the Internet Great Western Railway joined with South Wales when Brunel’s Chepstow Bridge opened Sony begins production of the Raspberry Pi computer at its UK Technology Centre in Bridgend. Within a year it has made a million of them Wales’ largest Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) opens in Cardiff. It diverts 95% of non-recyclable waste away from landfill and generates 30MW of electricity, enough to power 50’000 homes The largest number of men ever to work in the Welsh coal mines was 271,000 in 620 mines and 122 shipping companies 9