Centre for Alternative Technology

CAT Education - schools and groups

Tuition: Schools & Colleges

School group in a windpower workshop

Possible Tuition / Activities

All our workshops address sustainability across the curriculum and many include issues related to global citizenship. Specific curriculum links can be made to Design and Technology, Science, Geography and Citizenship. They can also support PSE and Wales and the World in the Welsh Baccalaureate and Theory of Knowledge in the International Baccalaureate. Most of our workshops can also be adapted for individual or groups of teachers.

For more information or to book a day visit, please contact the Education Department on 01654 705983 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Tuition/Tours for School/FE College Groups

All the sessions listed can deliver STEM for your group at the level and depth you need

TuitionAdditional InformationCostDurationLevelMax Nos
Introductory Talk (not available at weekends or school holidays) Recommended for all groups unless booking a guided tour FREE 10 MINS ANY 50

Energy Trumps

This is a highly interactive game using CAT’s Energy Trumps cards. Pupils compare energy sources and ways of using the energy sources in a scientifically rigorous but engaging way.This works very well with  the zero carbon britain activity  and provides a  good background for it!



30-60 minutes if done as stand alone activity

Upper KS 2(Y6)

Ks 3-5


Water Footprints

Discover the hidden water in everyday products in a fun workshop


60 mins

KS 2-5 (approx age 7-18)

30(But works better with less)

The Story of Water

Explore the footprint of water, its impact on people and planet in all its various forms and uses. Learn about the journey of water at CAT by following a guided trail from the resevoir in the hills down to the water balanced railway.




75 mins


90 mins

KS 2


Ks 3-5


The Greenhouse gas game

(Bilingual version available )

This fun and interactive workshop shows how the Greenhouse Effect  works and the problems associated with Global Warming - Participants become the sun's energy rays £55
60 mins

Upper Ks 2 -4

( approx age 10



Eco building materials  workshop

Practical workshop investigating sustainable building materials

£55 60 mins
KS 4-5 (approx age 14-18)
30 (But works better with less)
Eco Buildings Workshop (Please consider bus/coach space if taking models back) Practical workshop designing and making model buildings to explore low energy principles £75
90 mins

KS2 -3

(approx age 7-14)

Guided Tour of the Display Centre (for KS2) Tailored to your needs £50 75 mins KS2 (approx age 7-11) 20
Guided Tour of the Display Centre (for KS3, 4 & 5) Tailored to your needs £60 90 mins KS3, 4 & 5 (approx age 11-18) 20

Solar workshop

(It's possbile to purchase pupils models)

What can you do with solar energy? Find out in this interactive workshop £55-75 60-90 mins KS 2&3 (approx age 7-14 20
Windpower Workshop
An introductory talk followed by pupils designing & testing their own models £55-75 60-90 mins KS2-5 (approx age 7-18) 16

How can we make a difference?

A fun engaging way for pupils to make choices about reducing their carbon footprint £35 40 mins

Upper Key stage 2-5

Approx 10-18


(But works better with less)

Rubbish & what to do about it How to reduce our ecological impact by thinking about what we buy and what we do with it £35 40 mins


Approx 7-14


Global Sustainability - what is it? Thinking about the big issues and interdependency, ESD, GC and Climate Change £30 30 mins upper KS2 + (approx age 10-18) 50
Climate Change and what to do about it The science and facts behind what's happening and what people are doing about it £35 45 mins KS3+ (approx age 11-18) 50

1.Where's the Impact1?




The well-known chocolate egg activity explaining the  impact of the stuff we buy on people and the planet.


£55 60 mins KS 2+ (approx age 7-18) 25

Where's the Impact2?

Same activity different product. Pupils  assess the impact of textiles and clothing! £55 60 min KS 3 + 25

3.Where's the Impact3?

Pupils analyze the impact of mobile phones

£55 60 mins KS 4-5 25
Energy: Conservation and Renewables How Britain can play its part in global energy reduction £35 45 mins KS 3+ (approx age 11-18) 50
Zero Carbon Futures (Please choose either interactive workshop or talk) What will a zero carbon Britain be like? How will we carry on? We have some practical, realistic ideas




45 mins



KS3 (approx age 11-18)




What's in Your Lunchbox? Investigate the eco footprint of food in your lunchbox! £30 30 mins KS2 (approx age 7-11) 30(But works better with less)

Wales, Europe and the World

(Being  relaunched as The GLobal Challenge)

An Interactive talk and discussion through a Welsh perspective on economics, politics, society and the environment. £55 60 mins KS3-5(approx age 11-18) although can be adapted 30
Eco-schools and Beyond (Please choose either interactive workshop or talk) £45 45 mins KS2-5 (approx age 7-18) 50(talk) 20 (w/shop)
Zero Carbon Land Use (Please choose either interactive workshop or talk) How can land produce all the food that we need as well as energy crops, sequester carbon and protect biodiversity? £50 45-60 mins KS 3-5 (approx age 11+) 50(talk) 20 (w/shop)
Composting Workshop Practical workshop to discover the secrets of the compost bin £45 45 mins KS 2&3 (approx 7-14) 20
Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Interactive classroom session with an opportunity to find out about anaerobic digestion - creating energy from plant or food waste £55 60 mins KS4 & 5 (approx age 14-18) 25
Tuition/Tours for University/College Groups
Specialist guided tour @ £120 (max 20) 2 hours
Introductory talk free (max 50) 10 mins
(term time & weekdays only)
Guided tour @ £90 (max 20) 90 mins
Specialist lecture @ £75 (max 50) 1 hour
Specialisms available - Renewable energy systems, Sustainable building, Green design, Climate change, Wind power, Water power, Solar energy, Impacts of electricity generating, Organic growing, Sewage systems, Reedbeds, Reducing your ecological impact, Zero Carbon Futures
Question/answer session @ £60 (max 50) 1 hour
Useful at the end of a visit - an opportunity to ask anything and discuss issues.

CAT Education movie


Thinking of bringing a group to CAT?

Then watch our short video about CAT education.

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