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All our workshops address sustainability across the curriculum and many include issues related to global citizenship. Links are made to Science, Geography, Design and Technology, PSE and Citizenship. Embedded in our offer are cross-curriculum links to develop key skills in Literacy and Maths, with a particular emphasis on problem solving in an unknown context.

Workshops are available for Foundation Stage to post graduate level, including GCSE, A level and the Welsh 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 Engagement team on 01654 705983 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Renewable Energy

Investigate renewable energy, understand the principles, and discover why it is important. Investigate different generator systems and how to store energy. Look at early examples of wind turbines and learn hands on about generating electricity from renewable sources.


Try our wind power workshops and activities or and specialist renewable energy guided tour.



 

 

 

Workshop 1

Try our wind power workshop with an introductory talk followed by pupils designing and testing their own models.

KS2 - KS5 (approx. age 9 to 18 years)
Workshop length : 60 mins
Cost: £60 per workshop
Group Size: Maximum of 16 per workshop

Workshop 2

Investigate the wind with stories, investigation and practical activities, suitable for the Foundation Stage.

KS2 - KS5 (approx. age 9 to 18 years)
Length: 60 mins
Cost: £60 per workshop
Group Size: Maximum of 16 per workshop

Guided Tour

Specialist renewable energy guided tours around our 7 acre Visitor Centre

KS2 - University level
Tour length: 1 ½ to 2 hours
Cost: £90 - £120
Max no. per tour: 18

Other Activities

Specialist Wind, Solar PV and Hydro renewable energy activities and workshops are also available to GCSE, A level and university students – Wind, Solar PV and Hydro.

Length: 60 – 120 mins
Cost: TBC on booking (£60 - £120)

Solar workshop

Coming soon! Contact us for details.


Water

The Story of Water

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

KS2 - KS5 (approx. age 9 to 18 years)
Length : 90 mins
Cost: £90



 

 


Green Building

Sustainable Building and Materials Tour and Workshop

Find out about sustainable building and explore some of the materials used on site in an interactive workshop.

KS2 and above.
Length: 60 – 90 mins
Cost: £60 – £90
Group Size: Maximum of 20 per group

 

 

 

 

Three Little Pigs Workshop

Investigate and explore the making of a sustainable building to keep the pigs safe!!
Story telling and science in this interactive workshop suitable for Foundation Stage. Look for our hairy hut!

Foundation Stage
Length: 60 mins
Cost: £60 - £90
Group Size: Maximum of 18 per group


Green Living

Recycling Challenge

What can we recycle and why is it important that we do? Investigate common everyday items and complete our recycling challenge. Look around our site to see what we have made from recycled items!

KS2 - KS4
Length: 60 mins
Cost: £60
Group Size: Maximum of 18 per group

Plastics, plastics, plastics!

Why are plastics a problem and what can we do about it? Form a panel of experts to offer solutions and advice. Work on a campaign to take back to school to reduce the use of plastic where you live.

KS2 - KS5 (can be adapted for y1 and y2)
Length: 60 minutes
Cost: £60
Group Size: Maximum of 18 per group

Zero Carbon Britain

Explore how we can reduce Britain’s carbon emissions to zero through discussion and debate. Find out what a zero carbon Britain would be like. Follow our Zero carbon Britain trail around site and choose a workshop to explore and develop these ideas:

Workshop 1:

Zero Carbon Britain game using a large floor map and model construction to investigate different scenarios. The students work in teams to discuss, present and debate their plan for the future.

KS3 - A level
Length: 90 mins
Cost: £90
Group Size: Maximum of 18 per group

Workshop 2

The Greenhouse Gas game - an interactive workshop designed to show how the greenhouse effect works and the problems associated with global warming. Become sun’s energy rays! As part of the exercise the group undertake a site survey to distinguish good and bad environmental practice.

KS3 - KS5
Length: 60 mins
Cost: £60
Group Size: Maximum of 18 per group

Workshop 3

Where’s the Impact? Discover the impact of things that we buy on people and the planet using popular, everyday examples.

KS3 - KS5
Length: 60 mins
Cost: £60
Group Size: Maximum of 18 per group


Growing and Eating

Organic Gardens Tour

Tour our organic gardens and find out about composting, growing and harvesting produce.

KS3 - KS5
Length: 60 - 90 mins
Cost: £60 - £90
Group Size: Maximum of 20 per group

Sustainable Food Workshop

Take part in a workshop to investigate where our food comes from and how we can be more sustainable.

KS3 - KS5
Length: 60 mins
Cost: £60
Group Size: Maximum of 20 per group


Coming soon – gather your produce and make lunch!


Landscape and Ecology

Woodland Guided Walk

Follow a trail through the woodland environment, see the dormouse reserve, native trees and CAT wind turbines.

Available to all ages
Length: up to 2 hours
Cost: £60 per hour
Group Size: Maximum of 18 per group

This takes up to 2 hours and is suitable for a maximum of 18 participants. The cost is £60 per hour per workshop


The following activities are available from April 2018:

Seasonal Trail

Follow our Quarry trail overlooking the centre, reservoir and the Dulas Valley. Find out about the history of the area and investigate what you can find in each season. Make observations about what you can see. Consider why the environment is as you see and think about what has made it like that. Lots of opportunities to investigate and explore.

Available to all ages
Length: up to 2 hours
Cost: £60 per hour
Group Size: Maximum of 18 per group

Forest Explorers

Explore the forest and find out about the trees and wildlife that live there. Learn about tree identification and why trees grow where they do – discover the dimensions of trees. Which is the oldest tree you can find? Enjoy a range of activities including storytelling, den building and plan a story that you would like to write. Follow on activities are available to continue in school. Enjoy hot chocolate in a woodland clearing at the end of the session.

Foundation Stage - KS2
Length: TBC
Cost: TBC
Group Size: TBC

Environmental Art

Become an environmental artist using found natural objects. Use your imagination to create a piece of art which reflects the beauty of the Dyfi Biosphere.

Foundation Stage - KS3
Length: 60 – 90 mins
Cost: £60 – £90
Group Size: Maximum of 18 per group

Sensory Exploration

Following a well-marked woodland trail with challenges along the way, participants are invited to wear a blindfold and rely on other senses. Great for team building and confidence. Lots of fun but can be muddy and wet! Old clothes and shoes are needed.

KS2
Length: 60 – 90 mins
Cost: £60 – £90
Group Size: Maximum of 18 per group
(Available from late Spring 2018)




Each group is met on arrival by one of our Engagement team and has a brief introductory talk. We are able to build a programme for your visit from the following options. Most of the activities we offer can be adapted to suit the age range and curriculum focus of your group. We have indicated the likely range.

These workshops have been developed by some of the foremost experts in the field as part of their work here in Wales, as well as internationally.

In addition to the workshops outlined above, we are able to offer a guided tour of the visitor centre, tailored to your needs and adaptable for different ages. The maximum group size for a tour is 18 and the cost is £75 to £90 per tour, dependant on length of tour.

Please note: workshop charges do not include admission to the Centre. Our charges vary according to season and discounts are offered for groups.

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