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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2 years ago

Sustainable solutions

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  • Sustainable
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Getting started If you

Getting started If you would like your students to achieve a CREST Discovery Award for taking part in the day, you will need to register your students, please visit for information about registering online or with you CREST Local Coordinator before the event. Sustainable Solutions has been specifically developed to meet the CREST Discovery Award requirements. By undertaking the activity and completing the reflective CREST Discovery Passports, your students should be able to achieve an Award. You can find out exactly how the day fits the Award criteria in Appendix C. The Challenge Sustainable Solutions is a team-based activity day with the aims of encouraging each team to design and create a sustainable start-up business concept linked to their community. The whole day will be based around students being in teams. Before you start, divide your students into teams of 6–10 pupils (max). Each team will need the following: • 1 x Project manager • 1 x Artistic lead • 6–7 x Engineer/scientist/entrepreneur 4 Top tips • When considering timings, start with the end of your school day and work backwards. • Take into account the timings that cannot be changed – such as lunch breaks – and schedule around them. • Allow some leeway with your timings – sometimes things take a little longer than expected, especially if you’re dealing with large groups. • Try and plan your day so that you give your students as much time as possible for the practical activities. • Before presentations, allow five minutes for students to clear their tables and tidy away any equipment. • If you’ve got more than seven teams presenting, you may wish to split them into two groups and send them to different rooms to give their presentations. This will help to save time at the end of the day.

Example schedule Below and overleaf is an example schedule to give an idea of how you can organise the day. You may want to create something similar or adapt based on the number of students taking part, and your school’s own schedule. Activity Description Time required Introduction Sustainable Solutions introduction to all students at the start of the day. Students will be already split into their teams. Teams to nominate a project manager. If you have registered your students for a CREST Discovery Award, explain what the CREST Discovery Passports are for, and give to project managers to distribute to team members (10 minutes). Introduce CREST Discovery Passports and CREST Discovery Awards. 15 mins Background Sustainable Solutions introduction presentation slides 1–16. Timeline Challenge – all team members to complete a timeline of industrial and innovation development in Wales using resources provided. 45 mins Challenges facing Wales Sustainable Solutions presentation slides 17–18. RAPID Design Thinking booklet pages 2–5. 50 mins Break Start-up design Sustainable Solutions presentation slide 19. RAPID Design Thinking booklet pages 6–7. Discuss in teams the wide variety of solutions/ concepts everyone has come up with. Agree on one idea that you will be able to explore further in the next phase of prototyping and teamworking. 25 mins 5