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.
Invention/product examples Infrastructure Living roofs & green walls A green wall or living roof is a surface of a building that is covered with vegetation, planted over a waterproofing membrane. It may also include additional layers such as a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems. The benefits are numerous: • Insulation and temperature regulation • Reduced runoff of water • Aesthetically pleasing • Increased biodiversity and opportunity for wildlife • Protection of building surfaces • Absorption of carbon dioxide • Can be used for ‘urban agriculture’. Find out more http://livingroofs.org/ Triple-glazed windows Maximises the sun's rays for optimum heat retention and warmth. It can also help with sound insulation and reduce condensation that can affect the inside of buildings. Find out more www.thegreenage.co.uk/triple-glazing-is-it-worth-it/ Motion-sense lighting Reduces energy demand as lights automatically switch off when the room is empty. Find out more http://challengeforsustainability.org/toolkit/energy-efficiency/motionsensors/ Rainwater harvesting The accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to run off. 6 Attempts to acknowledge copyright have been made. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the use of your images.
Invention/product examples Transport Bike share schemes Many examples exist, such as the famous ‘Boris Bikes’ (Santander Cycles) in London, that encourage individuals to travel sustainably and take a healthy route to work. As well as reducing carbon emissions and reducing pollution, it also eases congestion on the roads. Find out more www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2013/10/economistexplains-14 https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/santander-cycles Electric cars Propelled by electric motors, using electrical energy stored in rechargeable batteries, offering low running costs for the user and less pollution for the environment. A long-term extension to the UK Government's ‘Plug-in Car Grant’ (PiCG) has been announced, guaranteeing the project until 2018. More than 100,000 motorists over the course of the next couple of years are expected to benefit from the £400 million fund. Find out more www.nextgreencar.com/electric-cars/ 7 Attempts to acknowledge copyright have been made. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the use of your images.