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Planning your own Discovery project

If you’re using our resources or working with a CREST accredited link 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

The project should allow opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate the following skills.

Assessment objective Could include
Self-management
  • Readiness to accept responsibility
  • Flexibility
  • Effective time management
  • Motivation to improve own performance
  • Confidence when tackling tasks
Team-working
  • Respecting other people’s work and views
  • Working collaboratively
  • Negotiating/persuading
  • Contributing positively to discussions
Problem-solving
  • Analysing circumstances and applying a creative approach to develop solutions
Research
  • Acquiring new knowledge relevant to the task and applying it appropriately
Communication
  • 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
Reflective practice

The ability to recognise:

  • 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.

thumb_03_60_60Chris Conheeny

Tapton School

My Stem Club were assessed for their Bronze Award and had so much pride when they got it! The assessor was impressed at the skills they had learned in communication and facing challenges. The whole experience is so valuable!

thumb_03_60_60CREST teacher

 

It’s helped the self-esteem for some low achievers for whom it is their major achievement in school.