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.
Team presentations Each team should prepare a 5-minute presentation about their Wild Creation. It is important to encourage all team members to stand up with the team, even if not all speak. Teams should decide which bits of information are relevant and should be included in the presentation. Any information not mentioned in their presentation should be available for you to see afterwards. Avoid using computer presentations unless supporting access – school networks can be unreliable and students can waste time on the appearance or saving/uploading, to the detriment of the content. Teams should allow plenty of time to collate their presentation and rehearse. Operational notes Tips for keeping students on track • Adults are there as facilitators – students are encouraged to make their own decisions and direct the project themselves • There are no right or wrong answers • Occasionally Project Managers should bring their teams together to check on progress • Encourage the Project Manager to make sure that every member of the team is involved with the brainstorming and concept development stage of the project • Encourage each student to take on their role as the ideas progress throughout the day • Don’t give out answers too easily; direct students to where they might find answers themselves, e.g. Information Pack, the internet • Bring all teams together during late morning to explore collectively ‘what makes a good presentation?’ • Ensure that all students are working in a positive learning environment and manage behaviour appropriately • If you have registered your students for a CREST Discovery Award, remind them to record comments in their CREST Discovery Passports as appropriate. 10
Team roles This project is based on teamwork and the development of a collective idea, and so it is important that every member of the team is involved throughout the process. The team roles are designed to give each individual responsibility for some aspect of the project. The Project Manager role is essential to the successful delivery of a successful activity. It is also an ideal opportunity for students to develop their leadership skills. Choose students who will be able to lead a team and who can also ideally: • Manage team members • Resolve disagreements • Give encouragement and advice to team members • Make key decisions about the project • Ensure there is an even distribution of workload and reassign team members where necessary • Maintain the high standard of work produced by the team • Take the opinions of all team members into consideration • Assign team members specific role responsibilities where necessary • Organise the 5-minute presentation at the end of the day Other team roles can be duplicated if necessary. If there are not enough members in a team, then the Graphic Designer and Marketing Manager can be combined, as can the Design Engineer and STEM/Materials Researcher. 11