Education Programme

Catalyst aims to excite and enthuse your pupils about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and we have an extensive education programme of workshops and special events for you to choose from.

As work on the Mersey Gateway Bridge nears completion and the new bridge opens, Catalyst remains an exciting destination to get your pupils thinking about engineering – why not come and have a go at building a 13m cable stayed suspension bridge?

We are also pleased to be able to offer free careers events aimed at year 8/9 pupils where they get the chance to meet a number of scientists to learn about a variety of scientific careers.

Special Events

Special events and shows run at certain times of the year, such as RSC Chemistry Week in November and National Science and Engineering Week in March.

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Hands-on workshops are available at most times throughout the year. Where the workshop is listed as being suitable for more than one age, the content is differentiated accordingly.

Many of our activities can be adapted for different age groups and abilities. You can always give us a call to see how we can tailor a visit specifically for your pupils.

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New Developments

There have been a few new developments in our Education Programme this year:

  • Panoramic Halton – a range of workshops taught in our 4th floor, glass-walled Observatory Gallery. Using our interactive tablets you can discover more about the history and heritage of the local area
  • Explore Your Universe for KS1 – choose from a 30 minute show that takes pupils on a tour of space or add a 30 minute hands-on activity where pupils make and launch their own rocket
  • Operation Earth – The UK Association for Science Discovery Centre and the Natural Environment Research Council are to work together on a programme of activities that will explore the importance of environmental science in helping us understand our changing world

Find out more about these new developments

How to book

It is really easy to book a school visit to Catalyst and this can be done either by email or over the phone.

More information about booking a visit