Techniquest

For KS2, Techniquest offers a unique range of challenge workshops, shows and even sessions in our portable Planetarium, Starlab, in the comfort of your classroom.

Techniquest staff can rapidly transform your school hall into a Science Theatre, and they can inflate a Planetarium brimming with stars and planets in less than half an hour. Classrooms can become miniature Techniquest exhibitions or interactive workstations for hands-on science exploration.

Online support resources accompany the outreach sessions to extend the learning experience.

For information on costs of Techniquest programmes delivered at your school please ring 029 2047 5475 or email Techniquest.

Key Stage 2 programme — at your school

Starlab — now with fulldome high quality digital projection

Now, your pupils can see the stars as never before as they take a close up look at the Solar System.
With the new digital projector, your pupils will be immersed in the fulldome experience in this spectacular 360° Planetarium — without leaving school!

Techniquest’s Starlab is a mobile, inflatable Planetarium that brings the night sky to your school hall. It can be set up in under 30 minutes and easily deflated to accommodate other uses of the hall during the day.

Techniquest presenters structure each Starlab session around a selection from six short videos of choice. But no Planetarium session would be complete without a star tour in which pupils identify stars, planets and constellations in the night sky!

Curriculum links: The sustainable Earth 1, 2

  • Show length: 30–40 minutes
  • Maximum class size: 30 pupils
  • Maximum of 6 sessions per day
  • Requires: 4.2m headroom, 7.5m x 7.5m floor space and 240v ac mains power supply.

The shows available are:
Voyage Through the Solar System

Shows

Invite Techniquest into to your school and transform your hall into a Science Theatre! With a variety of shows covering a wide range of topics, encourage pupils to question ideas, think independently, and stimulate an interest in Science and Maths.

Each show is designed to support the teaching of the Curriculum for Wales. Post-visit support resources to extend the learning experience are available on each show’s page.

  • Session length: 45 minutes
  • Maximum class size: 30 pupils
  • Maximum of 4 sessions per day

The shows available are:
Exploring Forces
Light Fantastic
Materials Magic
Maths on the Menu (Suitable for years 3 & 4)
Maths Detective (Suitable for years 5 & 6)

Challenge Workshops

Challenge workshops offer the excitement of Techniquest’s hands-on approach to science in your classroom, and are led by a Techniquest presenter. Each workshop begins with a number of lively demonstrations, introducing the chosen topic, and then pupils are encouraged to apply their new-found knowledge to a challenging task, which they carry out in small groups. On completion of the task, pupils regroup and discuss their findings. They are encouraged to reflect on what they have discovered through experimentation

Each challenge workshop is designed to support the teaching of the Curriculum for Wales. Post-visit resources and extended teaching information to extend the learning experience are available on each workshop’s page.

  • Session length: 45 minutes
  • Maximum class size: 30 pupils
  • Maximum of 4 sessions per day

The workshops available are:
Explore Your Universe
The Body: Inside Out
Sound Sensations
Bright Sparks

For more information on Techniquest’s Education Programme or to make a booking, please ring 029 2047 5475 or email Techniquest.

 

Find us

  Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff, CF10 5BW

Contact us

  029 2047 5475
  info@techniquest.org

Opening hours

  During local school holidays
10.00am–5.00pm Bank Holidays, seven days a week.

  School term
9.30am–4.30pm Tuesday–Friday;
10.00am–5.00pm Saturday and Sunday.

Charity & company

  Registered charity no. 517722
  Registered in Wales no. 01955696

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FAQs

  •   What is Techniquest?

    Techniquest is an educational charity, with a science centre in Cardiff Bay. Our mission is to embed science in Welsh culture through interactive engagement. We provide a range of services to schools and teachers to complement formal education provision in Wales and work extensively with public audiences.

  •   Where can I park?

    We are pleased to be able to offer all of our visitors discounted parking with Q-Park, our preferred parking partner.

    The Q-Park operates the Cardiff Bay car park in Pierhead Street which is around 8 minutes walk from Techniquest.

    We have agreed a special discount rate for our customers of 15% off all pre-bookings.
    Pre-book and guarantee your space here using the code TECHNI15.

    There are also nearby pay-and-display car parks on Stuart Street and Havannah Street. Please do not park on Havannah Street itself.

  •   Who is it for?

    Techniquest is suitable for all ages! We do have special events for certain groups, however — see Toddler Days, After Hours and Home Educator days.

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