FAQs - Mind Lab at MOTAT

Who it’s for:

Perfect for children aged 7-12.  The Mind Lab caters to the needs of each child - including those with learning disabilities.


How much time do we need?

School groups are generally half-day or full day. Each workshop is personalised so maximum numbers can vary depending on content.


What does it cost?

The cost for a Mind Lab programme is $13.80 or $27.60 per student for half and full days respectively (based on $12+GST or $24+GST)


Can I add on a MOTAT experience to my school booking?

Yes, absolutely! If you have booked a half day Mind Lab session for your school group, you can add on a MOTAT visit. The cost for this combined experience is $17 per student. Contact our bookings team directly to coordinate this requirement.


Do you offer pricing for International student groups?

Yes! We offer full day sessions (5 hours including a lunch break) for $100+ GST per student, with a minimum fee of $2000+ GST for the day. Please note that students must have a good command of English as we are unable to offer translators and all our course material is in English.


How do I pay?

Schools will be invoiced post visit based on total attendances. Please ensure that you provide an email contact for your accounts department.


About The Mind Lab at MOTAT

Mind Lab core philosophy 

The Mind Lab formed in 2013 with a mission to encourage young students to get excited by science and technology. We look at new ways of learning and collaborating whilst using digital to extend students’ knowledge. We encourage children to enquire, investigate and experiment through hands-on creative learning methods. Our core philosophy celebrates learning through failure, learning by doing, and empowering young people to lead their own educational journeys. 

Key competencies

After a visit to The Mind Lab at MOTAT your students will develop technical skills and key competencies as they learn through collaborative and creative challenges that encompass:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Arts
  • Mathematics

 Learning by doing

The Mind Lab at MOTAT school group sessions are generally investigative, open-ended and multidisciplinary, however we also provide sessions that link directly to the New Zealand National Curriculum (NZC).

While you may choose to set your students a robotics challenge, you could also choose a session related more specifically towards light energy, forces, the human body, measurement, technological systems etc. All sessions involve hands-on, active learning experiences where students learn through doing and where discovery and creativity are actively encouraged.