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Posted on: 01/10/2018

Centre for Alternative Technology

The geography department organised a residential trip for pupils in Years 8 and 9 to the Centre for Alternative Technology (C.A.T) located in Machynlleth, Snowdonia National Park in North Wales between Friday 22nd June 2018 and Sunday 24th June 2018.  The trip started with a visit to Aberystwyth, where the pupils enjoyed a swim in the sea and a stroll along the promenade overlooking the shingle beach.  Upon arrival at the C.A.T the pupils unpacked their belongings in the eco-cabins and completed a night walk through the forest which many found scary, especially the Year 8 girls.  On Saturday the C.A.T provided an interactive workshop, where the Year 8 pupils constructed their own miniature version of a wind turbine and the Year 9 pupils demonstrated the greenhouse effect through a role-play activity.  All pupils carried out a challenge around the site by locating different sustainability symbols and recorded the amount of carbon that each symbol can reduce.  Later, the pupils explored the site of the C.A.T further and took a ride on the water-balanced cliff railway, as well as exploring the quarry trail.  All pupils were then taken to Aberdyfi where they enjoyed another swim in the clear sea and a play in the sand.  The trip provided the pupils with an insight into the application of sustainability, which is covered widely in Geography at KS3 (Year 7-9).  The trip made a direct link to the topic of ‘Tomorrow’s citizens’, which is covered in the Year 9 summer term.  By Sunday all of the pupils and teachers, including Mr. S. Draper and Mrs. T. Schmidt, were exhausted.  Therefore, a final stop near Builth Wells was greatly appreciated by all.

Written by Mr S Draper
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