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.
Overview Sustainable Solutions has been specifically developed to meet the CREST Discovery Award requirements. By undertaking the activity and completing the reflective CREST Discovery passports, all your students should be able to achieve a CREST Award. This resource can be delivered in school during lessons, as an extracurricular activity or as an enterprise activity. The project can be completed over five lessons or as a single event. The challenge Sustainable Solutions is a team-based activity day with the aim of encouraging each team to design and create a sustainable start-up business concept linked to their community. Their business idea should be focused on providing a product or service that is environmentally friendly, taking into consideration energy efficiency, resource conservation, low waste production and the use of safe and environmentally-compatible materials. Students will: ● Explore the relationship between industrialisation and sustainability ● ● Research sustainable businesses Develop a concept for their own sustainable product or service. Learning objectives ● Reflect on the balance of meeting the economic and social needs through economic development and growth, while protecting the environment and its natural resources. ● ● ● ● ● Explore how industrialisation is used as a means of achieving economic development and growth, leading to the creation of industries, manufacturing output, job creation and government revenue. Understand the negative impacts of industrialisation on the environment, particularly with regards to climate change, pollution to air, water and soil, and the extinction of species. Explore how more businesses are prioritising sustainability in terms of energy efficiency, resource conservation, low waste production, and the use of safe and environmentallycompatible materials. Understand the RAPID Design Thinking process and apply this in relation to a sustainable business idea. Employ design tools such as life cycle analysis and ‘personas’ to think critically about ideas. 4
Materials Activity Materials Introduction ❏ ❏ Discovery passports (1 per student) Student pack (1 per student) Starter activity ❏ ❏ Extra printouts of the Industry in Wales timeline cards (in Student Guide) Scissors Brainstorming ❏ ❏ Access to computers for internet research Writing materials Design challenge ❏ ❏ Access to computers for internet research A range of materials for design and prototyping e.g. ○ Scissors ○ Pens and pencils ○ Rulers ○ Glue sticks, Sellotape and string ○ Large paper and Post-it notes ○ Card ○ Polystyrene foam / Foam board ○ Wire and straws 5