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

  • Text
  • Crest
  • Sustainable
  • Communications
  • Solutions
  • Rapid
  • Presentation
  • Climate
  • Wales
  • Teams
  • Timeline

Example schedule

Example schedule continued Activity Description Time required In your teams, take the one solution/concept forward, expand on it and bring it to life, see what people think and how they might use it. Prototyping & teamwork Use the ‘App Pack’, ‘Invention Pack’ and ‘Comms Pack’ as sources of inspiration, guidance and additional extension information on how to go about creating one of these three different products. Sustainable Solutions presentation slides 20–21. RAPID Design Thinking booklet page 8. Create a presentation that you will present to the rest of the group at the end of the day. Project Manager to divide the tasks amongst the team members. Lunch 120 mins Presentations Teams give their 5-minute presentations. If you have registered for a CREST Discovery Award, ensure that students have time to complete their CREST Discovery passport in order to reflect on their work, and qualify for an Award. Teachers provide constructive feedback about presentations, and congratulate students on a successful project (5 minutes). 55 mins 6

Sustainable solutions Sustainable Solutions is based around a single PowerPoint presentation that you will run throughout the day. Overview There are five main sections: 1 Background 2 Challenges facing Wales 3 Start-up design 4 Prototyping & teamwork 5 Presentation skills Background The first section is an introduction to the Discovery Day activities. The content explores Welsh Industry and Innovation and the changes that have taken place over the last 200 years. We also focus on the impact of climate change and how we might prepare our communities for a sustainable future. The main themes for this section are: • Industry in Wales – predominantly mining with the exportation of coal and carbon heavy resources until the mid-20th century. • Unsustainable – it is now widely recognised by scientists that the dramatic rise in the use of fossil fuels has led to the rise in global temperatures and contributed to climate change. • Global Challenges – what is happening to the world as a result of climate change and what are we doing about it? Highlight the types of responses we are developing in terms of inventions, communications campaigns and apps. Slide 3 resource: Timeline Challenge: print out the Timeline Challenge for each team. They will need scissors to cut out the timeline cards. Give them 10–15 minutes to complete. Facilitate a whole-group discussion on the timeline, noting one or two key points from each era, specifically focusing on the changes from heavy industry to IT and environmental research. Challenges facing Wales Introduce this section on the challenges faced by Wales both now and in the future as a result of climate change. Slide 17 resources: RAPID Design Thinking page 2: to be completed as a team. See Appendix B for an explanation of the Design Thinking process. Slide 18 resources: RAPID Design Thinking pages 3–5, to be completed as individuals. Have spare paper available for them to record their ideas. 7