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MOTAT September events


Note: MOTAT has launched a brand new website – www.motat.org.nz.

Coming up at MOTAT...

Welcome to the Machine

The MOTAT Story

Invention Nation


Welcome to the Machine - Opening 27 September

They’re everywhere – the kitchen, the lounge, on roads, in schools and workplaces. Where would you be without them?

‘Welcome to the Machine’ will show in a creative and interactive way how six simple machines can be combined to make more complex machines. It will open to the public on 27 September and provide plenty of hands-on learning for the children. Fun and interactive activities include a pinball machine, a giant lever on which you can lift a friend, an Archimedes’ screw that winds balls into the air, the Strongulator that magnifies strength, and much more.

Begin your journey with interactive examples of the simple machines which include, the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, inclined plane, wedge and screw, and learn the technology behind each of them. Visitors will also be encouraged to see if any simple machines are utilised in our larger and more complex objects.

Children will take a hands-on approach, getting a chance to see each machine in action. Prepare to have your perceptions changed the further you explore, as we take you through some of the most recognisable examples of simple machines including a corset, ships block, scales and even a tennis racquet!

The bicycle as we know today is a great example of technological evolution, and uses levers in the form of pedals, and the later addition of a chain and a wheel with sprockets gives us the final element of a contemporary bicycle. Compare the 1930s-style racing bike of champion cyclist Wiremu Paratene and compare it to Olympic silver-medalist Hayden Roulston.

You’ll also learn about Kiwi ‘No 8 wire’ innovation, with the story behind the ‘Kindling Cracker’, invented by the 2013 Fieldays young inventor of the year award winner, Ayla Hutchinson.

Innovation, invention and the ‘No 8’ wire attitude; an important day out for the next generation of young Kiwi minds!

Opens 27 September from 10am – 5.00pm daily

Admission to exhibition is included as part of MOTAT general admission:

Cost: $40 Family Pass (2 adults, 4 children)

$16 Adults $8 Students with ID/children 5-16yrs Free children under 5 and SuperGold Card Holders

Invention Nation School Holiday Experience

Have you ever solved a problem by inventing something useful? MOTAT’S September Holiday Experience will help you do just that! Invention Nation will guide kids through the five stages of inventing; from the Idea, Design, Prototype, Testing, to Refining. Find information about famous Kiwi inventors, our latest Exhibition - Welcome to the Machine - plus design your own contraption in your very own Invention Journal! Each activity will have your brain buzzing and your creative juices flowing. Kids will get the chance to:

Sort It: you’re starving but sand has gotten into your only food. What invention will best sort out your food from the sand?

Bridge It: you’re stranded and need to get to the other side, but there’s no way across. Can you invent a bridge to get you there?

Launch It: invent a launcher to fight through the targets!

Grab It: there’s dangerous toxic acid. Grab it and move it out of harm’s way.

PLUS, using the classic tradition of the Rube Goldberg machine, help us build a massive marble moving machine! Construct your tile and then add it to the wall to expand the machine. Be sure to keep checking throughout the holidays to see how the machine is growing.

With plenty of challenges that will light up your imagination, MOTAT is the place to be these school holidays!

27 September – 12 October 2014 from 10am – 5.00pm daily

Cost: $40 Family Pass (2 adults, 4 children)

$16 Adults $8 Students with ID/children 5-16yrs Free children under 5 and SuperGold Card Holders

The MOTAT Story

The MOTAT Story Exhibition will highlight and celebrate the MOTAT's development over the last 50 years.

Join with us as we celebrate and share great memories and view photographs from years past, showing visitors and the MOTAT team enjoying various milestones and activities.

The exhibition will also display a brief overview of MOTAT’s history and include:

• Displays of transport uniforms;

• Five decades of fashion;

• Institutional ephemera and iconic objects (such as a Yike Bike displayed alongside a Penny Farthing).

Join us as we celebrate the past 50 years and demonstrate the past and future forms of transport, technology and illustrate the Museum’s new strategy which incorporates Kiwi innovation and ingenuity.

Admission to exhibition is included as part of MOTAT general admission:

Cost: $40 Family Pass (2 adults, 4 children)

$16 Adults $8 Students with ID/children 5-16yrs Free children under 5 and SuperGold Card Holders


Experience MOTAT Live. See MOTAT come to life on the third Sunday of every month. MOTAT has some great things to see and do, including steam train and Armoured Personnel Carrier rides. There are also other activities going on throughout the day, including:

- Children’s bookbinding workshops

- Double decker ‘Big Ben’ tram (weather permitting) and Auckland heritage tram rides

- Horse and carriage rides (11am - 3pm)

- Lollymaking demonstrations

- Printing press workshop demonstrations

- Road Transport and Tram workshops

- Blacksmith working in the Forge

- Penny Farthing Rider

There is much to enjoy at MOTAT every Third Sunday of the month; so get the family together for a fun and educational day out.

For more information about Third Sundays at MOTAT and other activities, visit www.motat.org.nz or see MOTAT’s Facebook Page.

21 September 2014 10am – 5.00pm

(Every Third Sunday of the month)

Cost: $40 Family Pass (2 adults, 4 children)

$16 Adults $8 Students with ID/children 5-16yrs Free children under 5 and SuperGold Card Holders


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