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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Teacher Guide - Discovery

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What does a Discovery Award involve? • Around 5 hours of project work, which can be completed in a single day • Students work on a single challenge or series of clearly linked challenges • Most of the time should be spent solving the challenge, working collaboratively in groups with minimal adult intervention • Students record and reflect on the day using the CREST Discovery passport • Students communicate their findings in a group presentation. How to run a Discovery project CREST Discovery Awards are very flexible, and can be delivered in a number of ways: • You could use the ready-made plans and resources available on our website to run a Discovery project: • You could arrange for an external education provider run a Discovery project with your students. • This could be at your school, or at another location such as a museum. You can find information about a range of CREST accredited providers at • You could plan your own project which enables students to meet the CREST Discovery assessment objectives. This could link to other activities in your school. Planning your own Discovery project If you’re using our resources or working with a CREST accredited scheme, then you can be sure that your project will meet the CREST assessment objectives. If you’re planning your own project, you should make sure it involves the following aspects: • Students work on a single challenge or series of clearly linked challenges • The challenge/ linked challenges have a clear real-world context • The challenge(s) allow students some creative freedom within a structured project • Students work collaboratively in self-managed groups • Students record and reflect on the day through self-evaluation. You can use the CREST Discovery passport for this. • Students communicate their findings in a group presentation.

CREST Discovery assessment objectives The project should allow opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate the following skills: Assessment objective Self-management Team-working Problem-solving Research Communication Could include • Readiness to accept responsibility • Flexibility • Effective time management • Motivation to improve own performance • Confidence when tackling tasks • Respecting other people’s work and views • Working collaboratively • Negotiating/persuading • Contributing positively to discussions Analysing circumstances and applying a creative approach to develop solutions Acquiring new knowledge relevant to the task and applying it appropriately • Following written and verbal instructions • Talking and listening to other team members • Producing a presentation which relates to the original brief and which reflects the creativity of the group The ability to recognise: Reflective practice • What knowledge and skills have been gained • Where they could have worked more effectively • Where they achieved/exceeded expectations This skill can be recognised using the Discovery passport. Assessing the project and requesting certificates Once you have completed your CREST Discovery project, you can log in to your CREST account to assess project work and request certificates for your students. You should review students’ Discovery passports and decide which students have met the assessment criteria and have achieved their CREST Discovery Awards. To assess students, you will be asked to confirm that the students have: • Completed around 5 hours of work on the project • Participated fully in the project • Reflected on their learning You will also be asked to upload a sample of your students work for moderation. You may choose to upload a selection of completed Discovery passports, or other work your students have completed during the project.

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