Region: Wales

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Stuart Street, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 5BW

Contact: 02920 475475

Website: http://www.techniquest.org/

Description

Techniquest provides a unique experience in supporting teachers in their teaching of numeracy and literacy, through a broad and dynamic science and maths programme in its Centre in Cardiff Bay, and through Outreach at your school. 

 

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

Techniquest provides a unique experience in supporting teachers in their teaching of numeracy and literacy and digital competence through a broad and dynamic science and maths programme in its Centre in Cardiff Bay, and through Outreach at your school.

At Techniquest in Cardiff Bay, pupils will be inspired by more than 120 hands-on exhibits, which are ideal for child-centred learning and investigation.

Key Stage 2 pupils who visit Techniquest can also attend an interactive show in the Science Theatre, or visit Techniquest’s digital Planetarium, where they will be inspired by a view of the night sky.  KS2 pupils can also take part in a series of workshops to gain hands-on practical experience.

Literacy and Numeracy Teaching Support for Key Stage 2

Whether you visit for a Show, Workshop or the Planetarium, pupils will benefit from additional activities which support the teaching of  literacy and numeracy, and provide structured learning on the exhibition floor to assist with the development of key skills.

Pupils take part in a Literacy and Numeracy Trail, developed in conjunction with teachers, carrying out mathematical tasks and literacy challenges which involve investigation and exploration at key exhibits.  Guidance notes are provided for pupils, with additional support for teachers and assistants.

All Foundation Phase programmes cover the seven areas of learning, providing a balance between presenter-directed learning and child-initiated activities.  The programmes are presented with the help of Delyth, a cheeky and inquisitive young dragon, who is on hand to answer questions and inspire pupils in science and mathematics.

For Foundation Phase, each programme consists of a Science Theatre show, time on the exhibition floor amongst the 120 hands-on exhibits, plus post-visit materials, thereby offering teachers a complete package of activities to support their teaching.

Each lively presentation in the Science Theatre lasts approximately 25 minutes, after which pupils explore the exhibition floor.  Here they are guided by their own curiosity, and engage with a variety of interactive exhibits that encourage them to experiment

Please see the website for details of Techniquest’s School Membership Scheme which allows all pupils at Foundation Phase and KS2 (Reception to Year 6) to have free admission to all Science Theatre and Planetarium Shows during school visits to Techniquest, for 12  months from the date of enrolment.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

Techniquest programmes supporting the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework and the Digital Competence Framework.

All programmes are linked to the National Curriculum for Wales.  Teachers receive resource materials to help them extend the learning back in the classroom.

School visits are so well organised that teachers can simply focus on the learning experience; upon arrival, Techniquest staff explain the logistics of the visit to make sure the day runs smoothly.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

This venue has LOtC Quality Badge.

What group sizes do you cater for?

Techniquest is flexible enough to be able to cater for most sizes of group.  A small group of secondary pupils might take part in a workshop in the Laboratory, but an infant or junior school might bring a whole year group, or even the whole school.

Our Science Theatre seats up to 100 people.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

All visits are supported by written materials for teachers, and pupils.  We develop our own shows and supporting materials.  Support materials can be downloaded from the website.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

Children are welcome to photograph their own activities, but they should be discouraged from taking shots of other groups of visitors

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Information about risk assessments is available on our website http://www.techniquest.org

Does your venue have an education officer?

Please use the number above for information.

What is the cost of the visit?

£4.50 per pupil.  Supervisory adults’ admission is free.   Please see the website for details of Techniquest’s School Membership Scheme which allows all pupils at Foundation Phase and KS2 (Reception to Year 6) to have free admission to all Science Theatre and Planetarium Shows during school visits to Techniquest, for 12  months from the date of enrolment.

Additional charges apply to some secondary programmes.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

No specific clothing is needed …and we look after children’s coats and bags.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

Techniquest always has a trained First Aider on duty, and there is a designated First Aid Room.

Please list facilities available.

Techniquest has a coffee shop serving hot drinks and locally-sourced drinks, sandwiches and snacks. Areas can be set aside for children to have a packed lunch but these limited facilities are offered to groups on a first come, first served basis.

Facilities should be reserved when making the booking for the group visit… Time can be set aside for pupils to visit the Techniquest gift shop which offers a wide range of scientific books and educational resources.

What are your disabled facilities?

Techniquest is keen to offer help and support to visitors with special needs.  There is easy wheelchair access, including a lift, to all parts of the building.  Please discuss your particular needs with us when you book.

What are your opening days and hours?

Techniquest is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Tuesday – Friday during term time.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

“It was great. Thanks for a well organised fun day.”

“A thoroughly enjoyable day bringing science to life.”

“Techniquest’s Helpers were engaging and created the ideal risk free environment.”

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

We welcome teachers visiting Techniquest, free of charge, any time during opening hours, to help in planning their visit – just advise our staff at the admissions desk when you arrive.  They will be happy to process your free entry.

 


Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Environment Centres Green Awareness Indoor Activity & Soft Play Centres Science & Technology Themed Attractions Team Building

Curriculum Topics Covered: Design and Technology Engineering Environmental Studies ICT Mathematics Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December


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