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.
Materials for prototyping Paper and card Easy to cut and fold. Paper not as rigid as card. Corrugated card Easily available. Good for large-scale models but not easy to fold. Polystyrene foam Good for shaping. Lightweight and glues well. Foamboard Clean and crisp models. Can be cut with a knife. Balsa and jelutong Can be cut into multiple different shapes in a school workshop. Sanding gives smooth finish. © tommk / 123rf.com © Evgeniya Kramar / 123rf.com Wire and straws Good for representing piping and tubing. Wire easily bent into complex shapes. Polymorph Can be reused. Easy to shape by hand or by using moulds. Can be painted. Miscellaneous Scissors, glue, sellotape. string, bluetac, paperclips, brass fasteners etc. © Arina Zaiachin / 123rf.com 4
Invention/product examples Infrastructure Eco-towns A government-sponsored initative started in 2007 to build new towns in England intended to achieve exemplary standards of sustainability. The key features of an eco-town: • Places with a distinct identity but good links to surrounding towns and cities in terms of jobs, transport and services. • Zero carbon emissions overall. • Be an exemplar in at least one area of environmental technology. • A good range of facilities. • A delivery organisation to manage the town and its development and provide support for people, businesses and community services. Find out more www.gizmag.com/north-west-bicester-eco-town/36764/ Urban forests Forests located in cities that are an important part of urban green infrastructure systems. Urban forestry is now established as a key focus of forestry policy and management in Britain. The need for viable responses to the pressures of climate change is a problem where urban forestry can make an important and positive contribution. Benefits include improved air quality, reduction of pollution, increased opportunities for wildlife, recreation purposes and social wellbeing. Find out more www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/urbanforestryandsociety 5 Attempts to acknowledge copyright have been made. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the use of your images.