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.

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©mearicon/123rf.com For start-up business concept and presentation production: • Sticky labels to write names and roles on • Plain and coloured paper, range of sizes and textures • A range of stationery – scissors, pencils, pens, coloured pencils, felt pens for poster work, rulers, glue sticks, plain paper for planning and note-taking, brass butterfly clips, pipe cleaners, sticky pads, Velcro etc. • Flip chart or other large sheets of paper for posters • If you have any free-standing display boards, one per team would be very useful for collating/displaying the work. The board should be situated adjacent to the team tables. Plenary • After the presentations, provide teams with feedback/ constructive criticism and congratulate them on their endeavours – make sure what you say is encouraging and celebrates the teams’ successes. • If your students have been registered for CREST Discovery Awards, make sure you allow time for students to complete their CREST Discovery Passports – 10–15 minutes at the end of the day. • Schools may decide to make this challenge competitive and award prizes. 10

After the day Teacher’s guidance Celebrate your students’ achievements! Have a discussion with the other teachers/adults supporting you about the students’ engagement and their contribution to their team’s effort, based on observations during the event. Achieving a CREST Discovery Award If your students are aiming for a CREST Discovery Award, you will have been following the Teacher Guidance in Appendix C (pages 16–17), using the assessment criteria to observe their progress throughout the project. So what should you do next? If you are unsure if an individual student should receive a CREST Discovery Award, review their CREST Discovery Passport and consider whether they have met the assessment criteria (it is not intended that teachers review all CREST Discovery Passports after the event). Register your students' names on the www.crestawards.org website, in order to arrange certificates. If you have enjoyed the day: • Make CREST Discovery days an annual event! • CREST Discovery Award provides an ideal introduction to more conventional CREST project work. • Encourage your STEM colleagues and students to engage in CREST Bronze projects. To get some free ideas, see www.crestawards.org • Your students can become free members of the CREST Alumni Network. They can register at www.britishscienceassociation.org/crestalumni to receive a regular newsletter with information about CREST and other STEM competitions, events and opportunities across the UK. 11