Techniquest

School Travel Awards 2023 — Winner — Best Venue for STEM LearningWith over 100 hands-on exhibits on site that make learning fun, it’s an unforgettable trip that pupils will be talking about for years to come.

There’s no better way to make new knowledge stick, or refresh facts already taught, than by letting them bring the science to life under their fingertips.

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“That was the best day of our lives!”

Pupils from Penybont Primary School

Add in the extra options of a live science show, a star tour in the planetarium or a hands-on experience in the KLA Lab and you can’t go wrong.

All shows are curriculum-based and targeted at differing Progression Steps and Key Stages.

On arrival, school groups are welcomed by Techniquest staff who explain the logistics of the visit, to make sure everything runs smoothly. Teachers are free to focus fully on the children they’ve brought along and on the learning experience itself.

When can we visit?

School visits are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and most Fridays during term-time.

The following time slots are available, subject to availability:

Type of visit Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
With Live Science Show 10:15am – 1:00pm 10:45am – 1:30pm 11:00am – 2:00pm
With Planetarium show 10:00am – 12:45pm 10:30am – 1:15pm 10:45am – 1:30pm
With KLA Lab workshop 11:00am – 2:00pm 11:15am – 2:15pm
Exhibits only Various time slots, depending on availability


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Shows & workshops

Science Theatre

Why not add an amazing science show to enhance your pupils’ experience?


Autumn Term 2023

Ocean Extravaganza
13–14, 20–22 September 2023

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

The Polar Show
28–29 September 2023
4–5 October 2023

Progression Step 4 Key Stage 3

The Human Body Show
11–13, 18–20 October 2023

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

All About Me
25–27 October 2023
8–9 November 2023

Progression Step 2 Foundation Phase

Elementary
15, 17, 22–24 November 2023

Progression Step 4 Key Stage 3

The Dinosaur Show
29–30 November 2023
6–8 December 2023

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

The Christmas Show
13–15, 20–21 December 2023

Progression Step 2 Foundation Phase
Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2


Spring Term 2024

Castles, Knights and Kings
10–11, 17–19 January 2024

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

Animals and Habitats
24–26, 31 January 2024
1 February 2024

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

Animals and Habitats
7–9 February 2024

Progression Step 2 Foundation Phase

Fairytales
21–23, 28–29 February 2024

Progression Step 2 Foundation Phase

Wales, STEM and The World
6–8, 13–15 March 2024

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

Easter Science Show
20–22 March 2024

Progression Step 2 Foundation Phase
Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2


Summer Term 2024

The Human Body Show
10–11, 17–19 April 2024

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

Out of this World
24–26 April 2024
1–2 May 2024

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

Extreme Earth
8–10, 15–17 May 2024

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

At the Circus
22–24 May 2024
5–6 June 2024

Progression Step 2 Foundation Phase

The Adventures of Dr Isoceles
12–14, 19–21 June 2024

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

Mathamagic
26–28 June 2024
3–4 July 2024

Progression Step 4 Key Stage 3

Summer Science Show
10–12, 17–19 July 2024

Progression Step 2 Foundation Phase
Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2


Science shows are an additional £2 per pupil.

Planetarium

  4K projector

Enter Techniquest’s digital Planetarium and take a journey through the Universe — discovering stars, planets and distant galaxies!

Pupils learn to identify stars, planets and constellations that can be seen from Earth, then venture beyond the Milky Way, towards the great wonders of the Universe. Presenters can zoom into stars and planets, pan out to detailed craters of distant moons, and display stunning phenomena such as spiralling galaxies, in order to consolidate and contextualise pupils’ learning appropriately and fuel a passion for cosmology and astronomy.

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2


Planetarium shows are an additional £2 per pupil.

The KLA Lab

New — our new-look KLA Lab, funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation and the KLA Foundation.

Bring your pupils to experience being a real scientist! Each workshop is 45 minutes long. Choose from one of the following available workshops.


Water’s Going On?

How does water from a mountain stream get salty? Can ocean waves become rain clouds? How does colourful seaweed help keep our oceans healthy?

Explore the wonderful world of water in our hands-on workshops and learn all about pH levels, water cycles, the positive effects of phytoplankton and more.

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

13–15, 20–22 September 2023


Colour Chaos

Explore the colourful world of science!

Discover the amazing spectrum of colours in science through a range of demonstrations and hands-on experiments!

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

28–29 September 2023
4–5, 11–13 October 2023


The Magic of Science

Is it magic or science?

Students will step into the shoes of a wizard in this workshop, as they observe and carry out a range of ‘magic or science’ experiments!

Can they change something’s colour, or temperature, or even make something fly?

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

18–20, 25–27 October 2023
8–9 November 2023


Rocket Science

How does water sound and light behave in space?

What would happen to our bodies in a vacuum? What do space objects look like and what do they have in common?

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

15, 17, 22–24, 29–30 November 2023


Santa’s Spy Squad

Santa’s magic master key has gone missing!

We believe it has been stolen by one of Santa’s elves. By using a number of scientific methods, students will attempt to solve the crime, catch the criminal and save Christmas!

They’ll be hunting for fingerprints, using microscopes to study clothing fibres and chromatography to analyse ink.

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

2–3, 6–7, 13–14, 20–21 December 2023


Lab workshops are an additional £2 per pupil.

How much does it cost?

Entrance to the exhibition, which now consists of over 100 different hands-on exhibits, is £5 per child.

Additional activities are charged as follows:

  • Science Theatre: £2 per pupil
  • Planetarium: £2 per pupil
  • The KLA Lab: £2 per pupil

Teachers accompanying students will be free, as always!

How do I book?

Simply fill in our enquiry form, and a member of our team will get back to you as quickly as they can.

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