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 MOTAT Scavenger Hunt 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 Yr 0-8, Levels 1 - 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 MOTAT Scavenger Hunt provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

Maximum of 30 students per session. Three sessions available per day. 

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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
Yr 0-8. Levels 1 - 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 MOTAT Scavenger Hunt provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

Maximum of 30 sessions per day. Four sessions available per day. 

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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
Yr. 0 - 8. Levels 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 MOTAT Scavenger Hunt provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

Please note: Maximum of 30 students per session, Four sessions available per day.

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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
Y 0-8. Levels 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 MOTAT Scavenger Hunt provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

Please note: Maximum of 30 students per session, Four sessions available per day.

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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
Yr. 0-8. Levels 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 MOTAT Scavenger Hunt 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

Game Maker!

  • Introduction

    Design Thinking draws upon imagination, logic, creativity, and problem solving. In this programme your students will flex their design-thinking muscles in the animated world of digital gaming. Using a design process, students will troubleshoot arcade style games – discussing what elements are good, what are bad and what could be better. The creativity begins when students use their new understanding to build their own digital game, using glyphs to create hazards and challenges, when they think they have it right – they have to let the other students play and critique their creation! Students can work by themselves, or the class can work collaboratively to design and build an epic game.
  • 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.
  • Hands-on

    Play and critique each other’s games then use the feedback to further improve your creation.
  • 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, there is a maximum of 30 students per session, 2 sessions per day

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Learning Areas
Science, Technology
Years & Levels
Yr. 3- 13. Levels 2 - 8

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 MOTAT Scavenger Hunt provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

Please note: Maximum of 30 students per session, Four sessions available per day.

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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
Yr. 0-8. Levels 1 - 4

INVENTIONS & INNOVATIONS

  • Introduction

    What is invention? Why do people invent?
  • Minds-on

    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 MOTAT Scavenger Hunt 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

Please note: Maximum of 30 students per session. Four sessions available per day.

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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
Yr. 0-8. Levels 1 to 4

Kiwi Identity

  • Introduction

    This programme explores the origins of Kiwi culture. From Maori technologies and mythologies to European immigration and influence on modern Aotearoa.
  • Minds-on

    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 MOTAT Scavenger Hunt provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

Please note: Maximum of 30 students per session. Four sessions available per day.

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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
Yr. 0 - 8. Levels 1 - 4

LifeHack!

  • Introduction

    New Zealand has a strong history of creating innovative products. We’re pretty good at changing things to improve them or to meet a certain need.
  • Minds-on

    For years 0-4: Life Hack! introduces the idea of innovation and problem solving by looking at ways other people have innovated ideas. For years 5-8: New Zealand has a strong history of creating innovative products. We’re pretty good at changing things to improve them or to 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 other interesting ‘life hacks’ from around the world.
  • Hands-on

    Students are encouraged to use design thinking principles to collaborate to create and test a prototype solution to a given problem using everyday craft materials.
  • Plus

    The MOTAT Scavenger Hunt 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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Maximum of 30 students per session. Three sessions per day available. 

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Learning Areas
Science, Technology
Years & Levels
0 - 4 & 5 - 8

Invent-a-Machine Junior

  • Introduction

    Students will be challenged to think creatively and collaboratively as they design and construct their own Rube Goldberg machines using a selection of different wooden components.
  • Minds-on

    Students will need to use their problem solving and communication skills and apply their knowledge of the six simple machines.
  • Hands-on

    Students will work in small groups to construct a Rube Goldberg machine by determining how their selected pieces best go together. They will test, troubleshoot and modify their creations during the design phase before showcasing their whizz-bang contraption to the rest of the class at the end of the session.
  • Plus

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

Please note: 

Maximum of 30 students per session, with a maximum of 3 sessions per day.

Session duration: 1 hour

 

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Learning Areas
Science, Technology
Years & Levels
Years 0 - 4 Levels 1 - 2

Invent-a-Machine Senior

  • Introduction

    Students are challenged to work in small groups and use their creativity to construct their own Rube Goldberg machine, utilising one or more of the six simple machines. As the session draws to a close the teams work to connect their boards together to form a whole class crazy, mechanical, chain reaction contraption
  • Minds-on

    Students will be required to flex their design-thinking muscles and apply their knowledge of simple machines for this building challenge, while working collaboratively and having to problem solve.
  • Hands-on

    Students work in groups to construct their own machine Rube Goldberg style, using combinations of levers, pulleys, gears, inclined planes, wheels and axles and screws made from everyday materials. They will test and troubleshoot any problems during the construction phase before working to connect their boards together to form a whole class crazy, mechanical, chain reaction contraption.
  • Plus

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

Please note:

For Years 5 to 13 and levels 3 to 8 there is a maximum of 30 students per session max of 2 sessions a day. 

Session duration: 90 minutes

 

Learning Areas
Science, Technology
Years & Levels
Years 5 - 13 Levels 3 - 8 Students

Let's Play

  • Introduction

    Using MOTAT’s collection of games - historical, retro and digital, students develop their understanding of what goes into game design and development. What is the X factor that makes a game a success?
  • Minds-on

    Students develop their understanding of game praxis and game mechanics. Featuring old favourites and new releases, games promote discussion and help students identify what makes a game a success.
  • Hands-on

    Students flex their design-thinking muscles in the animated world of digital gaming. The creativity begins when students work collaboratively using their new understanding, to build their own digital game.
  • Plus

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

Please note: Maximum of 30 students per session, 2 sessions per day, 90 minutes per session. 

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Learning Areas
Science, Technology
Years & Levels
Year 3 - 8 , Levels 2-4 & years 7-13, levels 4-8

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 MOTAT Scavenger Hunt provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

Please note, there is a maximum of 30 students per session. Four sessions per day available. 

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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
Yr. 5-10. levels 3 - 5

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – waste minimisation programme

  • Introduction

    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?
  • Minds-on

    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.

Please note: Maximum of 30 students per session. Four sessions available per day.

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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
Yr. 0-8. Levels 1 to 4

Revolutionary Robots

  • Introduction

    Students will learn about how Robots have developed and changed for different purposes over time.
  • Minds-on

    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 MOTAT Scavenger Hunt provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

Please note, there is maximum of 30 students per session. Four sessions available per day.

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Motivational, fun and inspiring

Teacher, Central Auckland Decile 10

Learning Areas
Technology
Years & Levels
Yr. 0-8. Levels 1 to 4

Robocode

  • Introduction

    Students will get an introduction into the world of robotic programming and the possibilities of this exciting field.
  • Minds-on

    Robocode challenges students to think about the language of coding and how to troubleshoot, adjust, and complete missions using MOTAT’s robots
  • Hands-on

    This class utilizes EZ Robots and Dash robots by having students program them to accomplish tasks like navigating a maze, dancing, facial recognition, and more.
  • Plus

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

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Learning Areas
Technology
Years & Levels
Years 4-10, Levels 3-5

SIGNALS, SOLDIERS & SECRETS

  • Introduction

    Discover how WW1 ANZAC troops communicated with each other at Gallipoli and the Western Front.
  • Minds-on

    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 MOTAT Scavenger Hunt provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

Please note, there is a maximum of 30 students per session. Four sessions available per day. 

BOOK NOW! or call (09) 815 5808 

Learning Areas
Social Sciences, Technology
Years & Levels
Yr. 0-8. Levels 1 to 4

SIMPLE MECHANISMS

  • Introduction

    Students investigate simple mechanisms at work and the ways they make our lives easier.
  • Minds-on

    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 MOTAT Scavenger Hunt provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

Please note, there is a maximum of 30 students per session. Four sessions available per day. 

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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
Yr. 0-8. Levels 1 to 4

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.

Please note: Maximum of 30 students per session, Four sessions available per 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
Yr. 0-8. Levels 1 to 4

Toys

  • Introduction

    Why do we have toys? How have toys changed over time?
  • Minds-on

    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 MOTAT Scavenger Hunt provides age-related activities, challenges and information to support your exhibition exploration time at MOTAT.

Please note, there is a maximum of 30 students per session. Four sessions available per day.

BOOK NOW! or call (09) 815 5808 

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

Teacher, South Auckland, Decile 1

Learning Areas
Social Sciences, Technology
Years & Levels
Yr. 0-8. Levels 1 to 4

Transport

  • Introduction

    The Transport challenge is a digital, interactive programme that takes students around the MOTAT site to explore the transport we have on site, including fire engines, motorbikes, cars and trams.
  • Minds-on

    Students are encouraged to develop their key competencies by completing the challenge and discovering how transport has changed over time.
  • Hands-on

    Students complete activities in their adult led groups, including shovelling ‘coal’ like a fireman on a train, and creating a bucket brigade to put out a ‘fire’.
  • Plus

    This programme is completed on iPads (provided). The students work from the day is emailed to the classroom teacher on completion of the programme, so students/teachers will have a record of the day’s activities at MOTAT.

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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
Yr. 0-8. Levels 1 to 4

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 MOTAT Scavenger Hunt 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.

BOOK NOW! or call (09) 815 5808  

Learning Areas
Technology
Years & Levels
1 - 8