School Visits

The Tech Deck is housed at the British America’s Cup team base in Portsmouth.

The Tech Deck is a dynamic educational resource for students and teachers to support and promote the STEM agenda in schools, bringing the real-world of applied STEM into the classroom.

Officially opened by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge in May 2016, the centre presents expertly designed cross-curricular interactive exhibits allowing visitors to get close to the science, technology and people that will help our British America’s Cup Challenge.

Located at the team base in Portsmouth, a school trip is a great opportunity to visit the impressive nerve-centre of a professional sports team as they prepare for one of sport’s greatest challenges.

Teachers and students will

  • learn about the materials used on the boat and sails (Strength vs Weight),
  • test their strength on a ‘grinder’ (Generating Power)
  • see the evolution of sailing equipment and materials
  • drive the yacht on the virtual reality simulator
  • interact with some of the latest technologies used by the race team

The visit will also include a curriculum-linked workshop activity. Choose from the 9 workshops below (suitable for Key Stages 2 – 4)

Book Your Visit to the Tech Deck

  1.  Choose which of the  below 9 workshops are most suited to your group
  2.  Download and read the Risk Assessment and Tech Deck Health & Safety
  3.  Choose your preferred date from the calendar below and click ‘book’
  4.  Complete the booking questions, including your choice of workshop!
  5.  Register with BT STEM Crew, our online learning portal for additional classroom resources

Each session has a duration of 2.5 hrs starting at 9.30am or 1pm.

Within each session, your group will enjoy a hands-on tour of the Tech Deck, learn about the challenges faced by the British America’s Cup Team as they challenge for the America’s Cup and participate in one of the STEM workshops facilitated by our in-house Education Team.

Check Availability Calendar Choose a Workshop Register for BT STEM Crew

Note that visits are free. 


Choose a Workshop

Marvellous Mechanisms

Physics / Design / Technology: High KS3 / KS4

Understand the principles of pressure and learn how the America’s Cup boats use power from hydraulic systems.  Your groups will then build and test their own hydraulic system (max group size 15).


Wings, Sails and Wind Tunnel

Physics: KS3

Understand the theory behind ‘lift’ and learn how sails work. Design your own sail to test in the wind tunnel.

Cutting Edge Materials

Design / Technology / Physics / Chemistry: KS2

Investigate the the properties of various materials to see what makes them suitable for different parts of the boat. Build your own model boat to test strength vs weight.

Invasive Species

Sustainability /
Biology /
Critical thinking: KS2 / KS3

Learn about the adaptation of species and the impact on the environment. Make a Lionfish as a take-home message abut his particular invasive species in Bermuda.

Carbon Cycle

Chemistry: KS3 

A practical chemistry workshop to demonstrate how understanding the carbon cycle is essential to an America’s Cup team.

Ocean Health 

Biology/ Sustainability: High KS2 /  KS3

This workshop investigates how plastic litter impacts marine ecology.

Hull shapes, floating and sinking *NEW*

Physics: KS2/3

Why do boats float? Why are there so many different shapes? Learn how hull shapes have changed over time and what makes a boat stable.  Design and test your own hull shape- will it stay afloat?

Testing materials *NEW*

Design technology, physics, chemistry: KS3

Explore modern materials and their uses, investigating why different materials are used for different purposes. In this practical workshop, students will learn how engineers stress test parts of the race boat to ensure it is structurally sound

Wind Power  


Sustainability is key to the future of Planet Earth. Make and test a wind turbine and discover how energy is transformed and utilised onboard the Ineos Team UK raceboat.


Availability Calendar for School Bookings:


Visits for school groups and classes are aimed at upper KS2 and KS3.
Each session has a maximum capacity of 32 students.
If you would like to discuss your visit you can email or call 01489 587 875.

We look forward to welcoming you and your students.

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