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.
Timings Activity Description Timing Introduction Using the Sustainable Solutions presentation, students explore the relationship between industry and sustainability. The session leader introduces the day and divides students into teams. 30 mins Starter activity Starter activity – Industry in Wales timeline challenge: students explore a case study and complete a timeline of industrial and innovation development in Wales. 30 mins Brainstorming Students brainstorm ideas and agree on one to take forward in the next session. 30 mins Research and design The teams work together to research and develop their chosen idea in response to the challenge. 30 mins Break Prototype, test, improve Teams test out their idea by creating a prototype or conducting a survey, using the results to improve their concept. Teams prepare their presentations. 2h Lunch Presentations Teams finalise and deliver their five-minute presentations. Teachers and students provide constructive feedback and have a chance to ask questions. 1h Reflections Students reflect on their learning and complete their CREST Discovery passport. 10m Top tips • To inspire your students, why not invite a STEM ambassador or 'Inspiring the Future' volunteer to introduce the project or give feedback on students’ presentations? • When considering timings, start with the end of your school day and work backwards. • Account for timings that cannot be changed, such as lunch breaks, and schedule around them. • Try and plan the day to give your students as much time as possible for the design challenge. • Before presentations, allow five minutes for students to clear their tables and tidy away any equipment. 6
Step-by-step guide Pre-project preparation 1. Read through the background information in the pack. 2. Print worksheets and gather the materials needed. 3. Think about which students will make strong leaders and assign them the role of Project Manager for their teams. (The groups can then decide the other roles.) 4. You might like to ask students to research an example of a local business that has a focus on environmental sustainability ahead of time. 5. You could also collect some physical examples to explore (e.g., reusable bag, reusable water bottle, eco-friendly cleaning products, reusable food wrap, pens made out of recycled plastic as additional stimuli. Set-up 1. Every team should have a table and enough chairs for 5-7 team members. 2. Teams will need access to the internet for research. 3. Paper and pencils for drawing and sketching ideas should be available. Introduction (30 mins) 1. Slides 1-4: Introduce the topic of sustainable industrial development: ○ ○ ○ Industry and the environment: explain how industrialisation is important for the economic growth and development of a society, but can also be harmful to the environment, contributing to climate change, polluting air, water and soil, and more. Sustainable Industrial Development: more and more businesses are prioritising sustainability, incorporating energy efficiency, resource conservation, low waste production and the use of safe and environmentally-compatible materials. Typically, sustainable businesses supply environmentally friendly products or services, but it may also be a company that has made an enduring commitment to environmental principles in its business operations. Challenges: starting a successful, environmentally-sustainable business is not easy, and it tends to be more expensive to run, so coming up with a good business plan is important. 2. Facilitate a class discussion about the impact of industry on the environment and how industry would need to change in order to become more sustainable. 3. Slide 5: Explain that today students are going to work in teams to design and create a sustainable start-up business concept linked to their community. Use this as an opportunity to discuss some different sustainable products and services that the students might have encountered. 4. Slide 6: Introduce the CREST Discovery Award and passport. 7