Early Childhood Education

MOTAT offers a variety of programmes designed for early learners, created using the framework of Te Whariki and MOTAT’s mission of inspiring the innovators of tomorrow.
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Through the lens of play, learners can engage with topics such as transport, engineering, digital technologies and science. Coupled with exploring the MOTAT site and a tram ride (subject to availability) a trip to MOTAT is a fun and educational day out - sure to engage and delight young learners.

Sensory Science
AT MOTAT
ECE

ECE learners engage with stimulating activities that explore the five senses. Make rainbows, mix colours with light and climb in the glow in the dark den.

Duration: 45 minutes
Age: 2-5

Themes: Science, Discovery and Experimentation.
Schemas: Rotation, Orientation, Connection, Transformation, Enclosure and Enveloping.

Location: MOTAT
Onsite Supervision ratios: 1 adult to 3 children.

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Itsy Bitsy Bots
STEAM CELL
AT MOTAT
ECE

ECE learners investigate coding concepts: patterns, predictions and problem solving. Screen-less coding, perfect for learners heading to primary school where Hangarau Matihiko Digital Technology is taught to new entrants.

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: MOTAT or Steam Cell (at your centre)

Ages: 4-5

Onsite Supervision ratios: 1 adult to 3 children.

Themes: Robotics, Coding, Patterns and Problem Solving.

Schemas: Rotation, Connection, Orientation and Transporting.

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Machines in a Toolbox
STEAM CELL
AT MOTAT
ECE

ECE builders use tools to create simple machines, including a skateboard, pulley and catapult. Learners can use real tools while they let their imaginations run wild.

Duration: 45 minutes
Ages: 2-5

Themes: Construction, Forces, Building, Making Connections and Simple Machines.
Schemas: Transporting, Rotation, Connection, Trajectory and Transformation.

Location: MOTAT or Steam Cell (at your centre)
Onsite Supervision ratios: 1 adult to 3 children.

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Pardon Me Planes
AT MOTAT
ECE

Follow the story of Penny the Pilot as she tries to find her missing plane! This session will take place in our Aviation Hall amongst the collection of aircrafts. Each ECE learner will get a pair of airplane wings to wear and take home.

Duration: 45 minutes
Ages: 2-4

Themes: Narrative Story Telling, Aviation and Pretend Play.
Schemas: Rotation, Connection, Orientation and Transporting.

Location: MOTAT
Onsite Supervision ratios: 1 adult to 3 children.

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Movement and Motor
AT MOTAT
ECE

Designed with young learners in mind, this module promotes gross motor skills.

NOTE: This is an add-on module, please remember to choose a main programme when asking for this module (not available with Hey Tram! or Pardon Me Planes).

Duration: 45 minutes
Ages: All ages.

Themes: Exploring, Safe-Risk Taking, Body Movement and Gross Motor Skills.
Schemas: Connection, Enclosure, Enveloping, Orientation, Positioning, Rotation, Trajectory, Transforming and Transporting.

Onsite Supervision ratios: 1 adult to 3 children.
Associated cost: Free to add to classroom-based programmes.

If you wish to book this module with your program, please mention this in the comments of the booking form.

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