STEM Crew HQ is located at INEOS TEAM UK’s ‘state-of-the-art’ base in Portsmouth. Visits offer dynamic educational resource for students and educators to support and promote the STEM agenda in schools.
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 nine workshops below, suitable for ages 11-16 (upper key stage 2-4).
Within each session, your group will enjoy a hands-on experience and learn about the challenges faced by INEOS TEAM UK and participate in one of the STEM workshops facilitated by our in-house Education team.
Independent School Policy
Our Independent School Visits Policy offers a limited number of places available for Independent schools. To book a visit, please do so using our booking system (see below). Once the agreed limit for independent schools has been reached, no more bookings from independent schools will be accepted. This is in line with the conditions of the funding made available to The 1851 Trust.
Please note that there is a cost for independent schools visiting the Tech Deck, these can be reviewed in the cost policy section below.
- Maintained sector (including academies): FREE
- Independent sector: £100 per session. (Maximum of 32 students)
*The pricing for independent schools enables us to use our funding for core charitable activities e.g. to fund disadvantaged young people to attend our workshops at STEM Crew HQ.
Additional benefits are available for independent schools wishing to adopt the 1851 Trust as a year-long school charity. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Book Your Visit
- Choose which of the below 9 workshops are most suited to your group (please note: each session has a maximum capacity of 32 students)
- Download and read the Risk Assessment and Tech Deck Health & Safety
- Choose your preferred date from the calendar below and click book to complete the booking form
- Prior to your visit, read the joining instructions and FAQs
- Register with STEM Crew, our FREE online digital teaching platform for additional classroom resources
Choose a Workshop
Your visit will be 2.5 hours in duration. You can choose from the following nine workshops which are all linked to the national curriculum and suitable for ages 11-14 (upper Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4):
- Marvellous Mechanisms
- Wings, Sails and Wind Tunnel
- Cutting-Edge Materials
- Invasive Species
- Carbon Cycle
- Ocean Health
- Hull Shapes, floating and sinking
- Testing Materials
- Renewable Energy – Wind Power
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).
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.
A practical chemistry workshop to demonstrate how understanding the carbon cycle is essential to an America’s Cup team.
Hull Shapes, Floating and Sinking
Physics: KS2 / KS3
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?
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
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.