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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Sustainable solutions

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2012 Brecon Beacons

2012 Brecon Beacons National Park awarded International Dark Sky Reserve silver award. First area of its kind in Wales. 2015 World’s second largest offshore wind farm, Gwynt y Môr, opened in North Wales. 2007 2008 2008 2009 Sir Martin Evans wins the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his research into stem cells. Bloodhound SSC announced. Partnership with Swansea University and their FLITE aerodynamics design system. Last deep mine in Wales closed. Tower Colliery in Hirwaun, Rhondda Cynon Taff. 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. 2012 2013 2013 2014 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. Based in Carmarthenshire, Biopharm become Europe’s leading supplier of medical grade leeches. 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. 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.

Invention/product pack Aim To create an invention or product that will help your community become more sustainable in the future. What have you done so far? Designing an invention involves a number of different steps. You have completed a number of these in the RAPID Design Thinking booklet. Using this you have: • Identified a problem to solve. • Researched ideas or gathered information to help you solve the problem. • Sketched and written down several ideas that satisfy your requirements. • Selected and developed the idea that your team thinks will best solve the problem. What next? Now you need to turn those thoughts and ideas into a real invention or product. Inventions are original applications of technology which solve a problem. You are asked to apply your knowledge of science to make an invention that has a practical application. Your invention may be a new device, method or process that has not existed before, or you may choose to look at an existing device and improve it. Follow the steps on the next page to structure the design and development phase of your invention. 1