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Education for sustainable energy – free teacher training

28 October 2014 at Centre for Alternative Technology (with an option to stay overnight 27th to 29th)

Teacher training ideal for science and design technology secondary school teachers

Teacher training ideal for science and design technology secondary school teachers


“Excellent day! Lots of ideas to take away” Ysgol Tywyn June 20th 2014

Get activity ideas for bringing global issues into the classroom on a free one day course. Aimed at teachers and trainees at secondary level, the course focuses on energy and sustainable futures. It is mainly delivered through interactive activities, backed up with well researched information.

The one-day course is free and includes lunch and supper, thanks to support from the European Greenet project. To book your place email Deirdre Raffan: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This can be extended for an additional half day on the 29th (see below).

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“Nice setting, knowledgeable staff, good ideas for activities” Teacher from Wales, June 20th 2014

  • • Energy and Climate Change activities
  • • Practical workshops on teaching renewable energy
  • • Visioning a Zero Carbon Future
  • • Using resources developed by CAT
  • • Lunch, refreshments and supper

Click here to download the full programme

“A very enjoyable day with good useful ideas” Shrewsbury Sixth form college, June 20th 2014

Stay longer…

CAT Eco Cabins

Subsidised overnight B+B accommodation is available before and after the training (27th and 28th October) at the rate of £20 per night including breakfast. Accommodation is in our Eco Cabins. You could also bring a friend, they can explore CAT and the area and just pay for their accommodation.

An extension to the course is available the following morning (Wednesday 29th October) for £30. In this additional time you will explore:

  • • Eco-footprinting
  • • Food and land use
  • • Environmental Building

STEM teachers in Welsh secondary schools may be able to get a bursary – please contact us.


Deirdre Raffan

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Energy today and tomorrow

Free one day teacher training course

Friday 20th June at the Centre for Alternative Technology

Energy today and tomorrow poster

Download  flyer and course schedule


Introduction to energy and the need for change

This workshop will use a mix of presentation and activities you can use with pupils to explore Climate Change, impacts of fossil fuel use, the limits to resources and the energy sector in Britain and the rest of Europe.


How can we make a difference? Carbon choices activity.

How do we decide what can make the biggest difference to our impact on Greenhouse Gases?

What uses most energy in our lives?

This workshop aims to answer these questions in a lively and engaging way, using an interactive activity developed by CAT’s experts. The group make decisions together about their choices and can see the impact on a screen. They always very readily engage in trying to get their bottom line as low as they can. The activity enables them to try out different choices, seeing the difference between them.

Unlike other calculators, ours incorporates all aspects of our lives, including food and the stuff we buy.

This activity works well with all ages from KS2 to 6th formers.  CAT education staff are very experienced in adapting their questioning and delivery of information to the group they are working with.

It can work well with a group of 30 but the smaller the group, the more individuals get a chance to be heard.




Energy Trumps

We have used the Trumps game format to present information on a wide variety of energy sources, comparing like for like with information that has been thoroughly researched. Participants will play CAT’s Energy Trumps and then be introduced to some of the activities for KS3 and 4 that we are developing to go with the game. There are 30 cards in our Energy Trumps including a range of energy sources, energy conservation and energy storage technologies. The previous version is available as a free download on the resources page of learning.cat.org.uk

The updated cards and the STEM activities they support will also be freely available there.


Planning an energy future for Britain

In this activity the participants work in small groups to develop their own ideas of how we could run Britain without using fossil fuels. They then present their ideas using a variety of modelling materials displayed on a map of Britain. They have access to background information researched for CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain project. At the end groups always find it interesting to see the scenario developed in Zero Carbon Britain and compare it with their own ideas.

Pupils find this activity very engaging and we’ve found that the use of modelling and the map seem to liberate creative thinking and humour.


Practical activities for enquiring minds

At CAT we have developed designing and making activities with wind, water and solar power and delivered them to pupils of all ages over many years. This will be a very quick introduction to these fun workshops.


To book contact:

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01654 705983

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