Typically completed by 5-11 year olds, CREST Star and SuperStar challenges relate to everyday experiences. Children complete eight activities to gain a CREST Award, with each activity taking between 45 minutes and 1 hour to complete.
The activities are designed to be easy-to-run and low-cost. You don’t need to be a teacher, have a science background or have access to specialist equipment to run them. The packs contain helpful hints and tips for you to use, explaining the scientific themes and offering guidance on conversation topics for your children.
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Tunnel Tourists Activity Card Cosmic and Gem are going on a trip to Normandy with Aunt Stella, travelling through the Channel Tunnel in their car with Eurotunnel. Aunt Stella The Channel Tunnel took over five years to build, and over 13,000 people worked on the project. Gem Wow, that sounds really difficult, I bet they had some challenges along the way! Cosmic It would be great if we had a game to play on this journey – maybe we can make one about the Channel Tunnel? Gem I have a pen and paper with me, we could use these to make our game. Aunt Stella, do you know any more facts about the Channel Tunnel and Eurotunnel? Your challenge Cosmic and Gem want to design a board game based on the challenges faced during the building of the Channel Tunnel. Can you help them research the Channel Tunnel and design your own board game? Discuss Think about board games that you like – how could you design a new game based on these? How will you decide which game is most suitable?
Getting started Use the sheets provided by your teacher to learn about the Channel Tunnel and how it was built. Choose some interesting facts you could use in your game and think about how you will include them. 2/2 Test your ideas You could create a game called ‘tracks and tunnels’, based on the game snakes and ladders. When you land on a square with a problem, you move down the board through a tunnel. If you land on a square with a benefit, you can move up the board along a track. Test your game out with your friends to make sure it works. Why not host a board games night at your school for family and friends? When testing your ideas why not find out which facts about the Channel Tunnel and Eurotunnel people find most interesting? Share your ideas What did you learn about the Channel Tunnel and Eurotunnel? Did the game you designed work? What problems did you face? Is there a specific board game that works best as a base for the game?