As part of the company’s school liaison activity, the pupils were invited for a day at the steelworks to learn about the new facility.
They were told about the science of making steel and the environmental positives of the state of the art furnace.
The schools represented included Sandfields and Dyffryn from Port Talbot, and Brynteg from Bridgend.
The day was developed following a number of requests from schools to visit the steel site as making steel is on the GCSE curriculum.
The day was opened by Dr Martin Brunnock, a Tata director. He said: “It’s not often pupils get the opportunity to see a blast furnace up close so I hope the visit will help with their understanding of iron making.”