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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CREST Discovery Passport

CREST Discovery Passport This is primarily intended as a self-reflection tool for students. Each student is assessed as an individual even when working within a team. Teachers should remind students at regular intervals to add comments to their own Passports. The Passports should be collected at the end of the day and may be used to confirm (or not) if a student has met the assessment criteria. This should only be needed if teachers have any concerns about the performance of particular individuals. It is not intended that teachers must review all CREST Discovery Passports after the event. If the student has met the assessment criteria, they can receive a CREST Discovery Award. Register these students on www.crestawards.org to order certificates. 16

Appendix D: FAQ • Do I have to do a CREST Discovery Award? Whether you would like to register your students for a CREST Discovery Award, or deliver the activity on its own. • How many students can take part? Students will work in teams to design their business start-up project, and it is recommended that a team has 6–10 students. As long as you provide sufficient supervision for the students a Discovery Day can cater for a whole year group or single class. • How many adults will be needed to supervise the activity? Adults will give role briefings, supervise activities and provide constructive feedback at the end of the Challenge. • Can STEM Ambassadors help out? You can invite STEM Ambassadors to give you extra support and provide students with a view of the project process in industry (www.stemnet.org.uk). • When do I hold the event? Don’t forget to plan the date and tell everyone well in advance. That way you can avoid other events conflicting with yours and get more support across the school. • Where do I hold it? The location will depend on how many students are taking part, but as a general guide using the school hall would be useful. How much space you will need and which rooms will need to be booked will depend on the number of students participating in the day’s activities. • How long will it take? The timings – begin by establishing your desired finish time, work backwards from there and break down the day into timed sections (see the example timetable on pages 5–6 to get an idea of timings). • What consumables and resources will you need? These should be sourced in advance of the day (see the equipment list on pages 9–10). 17