Primary Schools

Incorporate the MOTAT magic into your next lesson with a Ministry of Education Learning Experiences Outside The Classroom (LEOTC) supported learning experience!

Our primary school programmes are designed for years 1 – 8, and are experienced by over 20 000 primary students annually. They enjoy the rich learning experience developed and delivered by the MOTAT team of qualified Educators. We provide learning experiences in the STEM subjects and social sciences curriculum. The MOTAT education programmes are designed to provide hands-on, minds-on interactive learning activities that support the New Zealand Curriculum.

We can adapt our programmes to suit your specific learning and teaching needs and support all learning with comprehensive resource packs which outline curriculum links, learning experiences, pre and post visit activity suggestions and supporting material.

You can talk with us to discuss how you can bring your students on a fun, stimulating, thought provoking experience designed to help encourage your students to take their learning even further. All MOTAT LEOTC programmes integrate the New Zealand Curriculum values which encourage students to think critically, creatively, and reflectively; respect diversity; be fair, honest, responsible, accountable and act ethically; to respect others, themselves, and the treasures/taonga displayed here at MOTAT.

All LEOTC Programmes cost $5.00 per student with teachers/supervisors at no charge up to ratio boundaries.

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  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology

Back To School

  • Minds-on

    Back to School enables students to explore changes in schooling over the last 120 years. The session includes time for reflection and comparison between modern school life and the past.
  • Hands-on

    Students wear costumes supplied by MOTAT and interact with a ‘teacher from the past’ experiencing life as a student, (in-role with a MOTAT Educator), in our authentic Victorian School House.
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT Trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

Please note: Maximum of 26 students per session, 4 sessions per day

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The Children have a more realistic picture of life as a student 100 years ago and saw how artefacts they have studied were actually used”

Teacher, South Auckland, Decile 10

Learning Areas
Social Sciences
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y1-6, Level 1 to 3

Brave Hearts

  • Minds-on

    Students learn about the structures within the heart and how they work together to efficiently pump blood around your body. Find out what the numbers mean when the doctor takes your blood pressure and what that squiggly line on the electrocardiograph tells medical staff about the way your heart is working. Learn about diseases that affect the heart and spot the symptoms.
  • Hands-on

    Use Augmented Reality to explore the inside of your heart. Build a working model heart including chambers, valves and blood (simulated - not the real kind!).
  • Plus

    Find out about the role that Kiwis have played in pushing the boundaries of heart science on the global stage, and the innovations in heart surgery which were developed right here in New Zealand.

Find out more about the exhibition here.

 

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Learning Areas
Science, Technology
Years & Levels
7-10

LIGHT & MIRRORS

  • Minds-on

    What is light? What are the primary colours of light? Why are shadows formed? What is reflection and refraction? Students will be encouraged to investigate and explore the scientific properties of light.
  • Hands-on

    Hands-on stations explore mirrors, colour mixing, prisms and lenses encouraging students to develop an understanding of light sources and the way we use light.
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT Trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

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Re-inforced the knowledge the students already had and extended their thinking

Teacher, North Shore, Auckland Decile 10

Learning Areas
Science
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y1-8, Level 1 to 4

Transport

  • Minds-on

    MOTAT’S Transport programme encourages students to work in their groups to identify and compare different types of transport from NZ’s past with what we have today. Students are encouraged to think, participate and contribute in their groups as they move around the MOTAT site. * *(Aviation not included in Transport programme)
  • Hands-on

    Students experience different activities as they move around the site, including shoveling ‘coal’ and experiencing a motorbike safety dress up activity. Accompanying adults are encouraged to participate within the activities and observe how the group operates.
  • Plus

    Accompanying adults are encouraged to participate within the activities and observe how the group operates. Adults will also be given a points sheet on which they will mark the points their group has earned.

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Provided a rich, hands-on learning experience. Great!

Teacher, South Auckland, Decile 1

Learning Areas
Science, Social Sciences, Technology
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y1-6, Level 1 to 3

Bridge Building and Structures

  • Minds-on

    Why do we need bridges? What are the different types of bridge? What does an engineer do? Along with your MOTAT Educator, a guest engineer from Futureintech, will be along to talk about their work in their particular field, to help students begin to understand the real world applications of everyday subjects such as maths and science.
  • Hands-on

    ‘Bridge Building’ is the theme of the session as students engage with forces, compression and tension, through working with a variety of hands on equipment and bridge building kits.
  • Plus

    While on site, students will continue to engage with forces and simple machines through our Welcome to the Machine exhibition. A tram ride will also be available on the day.

Please note: Maximum of 30 students per session, 3 sessions per day

 

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Learning Areas
Science
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y4-8, Level 2 to 4

Bust That Myth

  • Minds-on

    Can electricity flow through people like wires? Does a rainbow ever change its colours? ‘Students will apply the scientific method to a variety of experiments in an attempt to ‘bust that myth’.
  • Hands-on

    Students don lab coats and safety glasses and conduct scientific experiments to test out their hypotheses They will record their findings and will have the opportunity to report back to the rest of the class either at the end of the session or during a post-visit activity back at school.
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT Trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

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Learning Areas
Science
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y 3-8, level 2 to 4

Colonial Kitchen Chemistry

  • Minds-on

    Students will investigate a series of simple chemical changes that would have been common in a colonial kitchen. These experiments will help them to gain an understanding of non-reversible changes and the impact of mixing a variety of ingredients together.
  • Hands-on

    Why was it important to be able to turn milk and cream into cheese and butter? Students have the opportunity to make their own butter, observe the cheese making process and use a variety of colonial kitchen domestic tools.
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT Trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

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Inspirational hands-on experience... an authentic learning experience which helped children to understand the concept of ‘when things are combined changes occur!

Teacher, North Shore Auckland Decile 1

Learning Areas
Science, Social Sciences
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y1-8, Level 1 to 4

Communication

  • Minds-on

    What is communication? How have developments in communication changed our lives? Students are challenged to consider how these developments have changed the way we live our fast-paced lives today.
  • Hands-on

    Students will explore a range of historic artefacts including telephones, Morse Code, Braille, Semaphore flags, typewriters, cameras and audio equipment discovering how developments in communication technology have occurred over time.
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT Trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

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Great hands on experiences: phones, quills, braille, semaphore, sign language, typewriters - children thoroughly engaged.

Teacher, South Auckland Decile 1

Learning Areas
Social Sciences, Technology
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y1-8, Level 1 to 4

Daily life in Early Auckland

  • Minds-on

    How has daily life in New Zealand changed? This workshop will encourage students to appreciate modern conveniences and discuss how and why domestic technology has changed.
  • Hands-on

    The programme offers an interactive exploration of historical technology and innovation in the home; students experience a variety of tasks including doing the washing, writing with quill and ink and dressing up in Victorian costume’
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT Trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

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Students interacted with a number of resources and items that widened their knowledge and experiences. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience for our students

Teacher, Wellington, Decile 7

Learning Areas
Social Sciences, Technology
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y1-8, Level 1 to 4

Electricity & Energy

  • Minds-on

    What is electricity? How is electricity generated? How has electricity and its related technology impacted on our lives?
  • Hands-on

    Students will experiment with simple circuits, ways of generating electricity, and consider how electricity and its related technologies have changed our lives. Students will experience electricity powered transport with a ride on one our beautiful heritage trams.
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT Trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

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Children now have an enhanced understanding of electricity and circuits and how they work. The children came back literally buzzing after the workshop.

Teacher, West Auckland Decile 7

Learning Areas
Science
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y1-8, Level 1 to 4

Fantastic Flight

  • Minds-on

    How does an aircraft fly? What are the forces of flight? MOTAT’s Aviation Display Hall and its world-renowned aviation collection provide an exciting context for exploring flight.
  • Hands-on

    Students will discover the forces of flight while entering a giant wind tunnel to test the aerofoil they have constructed and will explore how the parts of an aircraft are designed for their purposes.
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT Trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

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I didn’t feel confident about teaching the physics of flight. You made it so easy for all of us to understand, including me! Thank you

Teacher, Auckland

Learning Areas
Science
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y1-8, Level 1 to 4

GameMaker!

  • Minds-on

    Use the design thinking process to create a unique three level digital game, using glyphs to create hazards and challenges. Gain empathy by testing pre-existing games, then use this new understanding to ideate and develop your prototype game. Along with your MOTAT Educator, a guest speaker from Futureintech, will be along to talk about how they use digital technology in their world of work and/or the importance of the design process.
  • Hands-on

    Play and critique each other’s games then use the feedback to further improve your creation. There is also the opportunity to experience a range of digital and electronic games from the past and present.
  • Plus

    While on site, students will continue to engage with the digital technology and gaming theme through our ‘Get Smart’ exhibition and the MOTAT GameMaker trail! A tram ride is also available on the day.

Please note that these are 90 minute sessions. Maximum of 30 students per session, 2 sessions per day

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Learning Areas
Science, Technology
Years & Levels
3 - 13

Hangarau - Technology in Aotearoa

  • Minds-on

    Discover how crops were grown, food was prepared, stored and cooked.
  • Hands-on

    There will be opportunities to use traditional Maori drills, see how birds and rats were trapped and explore some traditional activities and pastimes that demonstrate the technology of Aotearoa.
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT Trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

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The hands-on experience of using Maori technology, especially the digging sticks, drills, traps and spinning tops was the best part of the day.

Teacher, Auckland Decile 4

Learning Areas
Social Sciences, Technology
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y4-8, Level 2 to 4

INVENTIONS & INNOVATIONS

  • Minds-on

    What is invention? Why do people invent? Students will be encouraged to think about the processes of invention and innovation.
  • Hands-on

    Students will explore a range of inventions and experience aspects of life before certain inventions. They will discover innovative New Zealanders and products as well as other world changing inventions.
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT Trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT. Students and their adult helpers are also encouraged to visit the Innovators exhibition at MOTAT

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Real life experiences …seeing inventions such as early telephones and being taken through the innovations leading to what we have today

Teacher, West Auckland , Decile 4

Learning Areas
Social Sciences, Technology
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y1-8, Level 1 to 4

Invent-A-Machine

  • Minds-on

    Students will be challenged to think creatively as they design, construct and test their own Rube Goldberg machine using combinations of levers, pulleys, gears, inclined planes, wheels & axles and screws made from everyday materials
  • Hands-on

    Using a variety of items and tools students will construct a Rube Goldberg machine utilising one of the six simple machines. Students will work in groups to make a section of the Rube Goldberg machine which will be connected to create a super Rube Goldberg machine curated by the whole class.
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

Please note that these are 90-minute sessions. Maximum of 40 students per session, 2 sessions per day.

Learning Areas
Science, Technology
Years & Levels
4 - 13

Kiwi Identity

  • Minds-on

    This programme explores the origins of Kiwi culture. From Maori technologies and mythologies to European immigration and influence on modern Aotearoa. Students will learn about events through history that helped to shape New Zealand’s cultural landscape.
  • Hands-on

    The session provides an opportunity to use traditional and colonial technologies such as pump-drills and washboards as well as trying out some classic ‘Kiwi As’ inventions and innovations.
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT Trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

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The visit was at the end of inquiry on Kiwiana. It was great to see what we had learnt in the classroom was reinforced here. It gave the children a real life experience

Teacher, Bay of Islands Decile 8

Learning Areas
Social Sciences, Technology
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y1-8, Level 1 to 4

LifeHack!

  • Minds-on

    New Zealand has a strong history of creating innovative products. We’re pretty good at changing things to improve them or meet a certain need. In MOTAT’s Life Hack! Programme, students look at Kiwi innovators and the items they have modified or invented as well as some other pretty interesting ‘life hacks’.
  • Hands-on

    Students will be challenged to take an everyday object and ‘hack it’ to improve the original design. In the Idea Collective students will experience innovation stories about products which are uniquely ours and making an impact worldwide.
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

Life Hack! can help ease students into Innovative Thinking. Why not use it as a springboard for the NIWA Science and Technology Fair?

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Learning Areas
Science, Technology
Years & Levels
3 - 13

Nature of Technology

  • Minds-on

    Students explore developments in technology found in New Zealand focusing on early Maori Technology, Colonial Technology, The Industrial Revolution and Modern Technology. They are encouraged to think about the impact that different technology has had on the environment and society.
  • Hands-on

    Students will explore and experience a range of different technologies which have influenced society and life as we know it.
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT Trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

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Gained a good understanding of the progression of tech overtime by seeing /touching/using different technologies.

Teacher, East Auckland Decile 10

Learning Areas
Social Sciences, Technology
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y5-10, Level 3 to 5

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – waste minimisation programme

  • Minds-on

    Why do we need to recycle? What things did Victorians do to reuse different products? What can we do now to reduce and reuse items before having to recycle them? Take a look at the Victorian way of life as well as some more sustainable lifestyle choices that we can make today.
  • Hands-on

    Explore and use objects run by environmentally friendly energy sources. Discover some small luxuries we take for granted that Victorians had to live without that have changed the way we reuse and reduce items we no longer want.
  • Plus

    Follow the Adult-led Group Trail to find out other ways that Victorians would reduce and reuse unwanted items and compare that with what we do today.

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An awesome way to engage the students with learning

  Teacher, South Auckland Decile 4

Learning Areas
Social Sciences, Technology
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y1-8, Level 1 to 4

Revolutionary Robots

  • Minds-on

    Students will learn about how Robots have developed and changed for different purposes over time. Students will be challenged to think about the real world applications of robots and robotics and the impact this has on society.
  • Hands-on

    Students will explore how robots work and what they can do by experimenting with hydraulics, joints, circuits and coding.
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT Trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

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Motivational, fun and inspiring

Teacher, Central Auckland Decile 10

Learning Areas
Technology
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y1-8, Level 1 to 4

SIGNALS, SOLDIERS & SECRETS

  • Minds-on

    Discover how WW1 ANZAC troops communicated with each other at Gallipoli and the Western Front. Explore the role of censorship and the importance of encryption during WW1.
  • Hands-on

    Try using Semaphore, Heliographs, Signal Lamps, Morse code and other fascinating methods of communication that were in use 100 years ago during WW1.
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT Trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

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Learning Areas
Social Sciences, Technology
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y1-8, Level 1 to 4

SIMPLE MECHANISMS

  • Minds-on

    Students investigate simple mechanisms at work and the ways they make our lives easier. These simple mechanisms include: the lever, the screw, the pulley, the wheel and axle, the wedge, and the inclined plane. Students participate in the identification and sorting of simple mechanisms.
  • Hands-on

    Students are challenged to construct a simple machine or to combine various simple mechanisms in order to make a compound or complex machine.
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT Trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

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The opportunity to explore and then build some simple machines was a wonderful way to reinforce what they were and how to use them

Teacher, West Auckland, Decile 4

Learning Areas
Science
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y1-8, Level 1 to 4

Super Science Mix

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Grab a lab coat and start to think like a Scientist as you develop the five science capabilities and engage with science at MOTAT.

Super Science Mix gives you the option to combine two different science topics into one Educator-led session. If you would rather focus on just one topic that’s fine too.

Choose 2 topics to mix and match for Super Science Mix:

Simple Mechanisms
Students will identify, sort, and use a variety of simple machines and discover how they make our lives easier.

Bust that Myth
Students will get the opportunity to investigate some popular scientific myths and test these out with some exciting hands-on, minds-on science experiments.

Electricity
Discover different ways to generate electricity and how these have changed over time. Experiment with simple circuits and consider how electricity and its related technologies have changed our lives.

Light

Students will be encouraged to investigate and explore the scientific properties of light. Hands-on stations explore colour mixing, shadows, reflection and refraction

Learning Areas
Science

The Great Team Challenge

  • Minds-on

    This programme will develop and strengthen the Key Competencies within your class. Students will discover how the Victorian way of life can help them to relate to others, manage self, think, participate and contribute in an environmentally friendly way.
  • Hands-on

    In this fun-filled programme students form teams and complete a number of hands-on challenges across MOTAT’s site inspired by life in the Victorian era. Students will experience the number of tasks involved in just washing some clothes!
  • Plus

    Students and their adult helpers are encouraged to check out the other exciting exhibitions during their exploration time at MOTAT. A tram ride is also available on the day.

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One student cried on the morning of the trip because she had to work with people she would never choose to (the whole point of the trip). Her team were the winners and she had a great day. So thanks for making this experience very real to us.    

Teacher, Central Auckland, Decile 5

Learning Areas
Social Sciences
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y1-8, Level 1 to 4

Toys

  • Minds-on

    Why do we have toys? How have toys changed over time? Students will learn how a range of toys work and how they have changed over time.
  • Hands-on

    The highly interactive workshop will give students opportunities to discover toys from the past and the present. Students will be inspired to design and make a toy with limited materials/resources back at school after their exciting visit to MOTAT!
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT Trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

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Provided a rich, hands-on learning experience. Great!

Teacher, South Auckland, Decile 1

Learning Areas
Social Sciences, Technology
Years & Levels
Most suitable for Y1-6, Level 1 to 3

100 Years and the Smartphone

  • Minds-on

    Morse code, brick telephones, box brownie cameras, typewriters and video games. 100 years and the Smartphone brings it all together to show just how much has gone into Smartphone technology. Students are encouraged to make predictions about what might be included in their lifetime and beyond.
  • Hands-on

    Students will explore a range of historic artefacts including telephones, Morse Code, typewriters, and cameras discovering how the technology in the Smartphone has developed over time.
  • Plus

    The Marvellous MOTAT Trail provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT. Students and their adult helpers are also encouraged to visit the Get Smart exhibition at MOTAT.

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Learning Areas
Technology
Years & Levels
1 - 8