Force In Motion at Mangere Mountain: Play, Explore, Create, Do

02 Oct 17 - 13 Oct 17
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An interactive journey of activities that takes kids through time, scientific discovery and fun! Explore the science of spinning through traditional Maori spinning tops (Pōtaka). Discover how technology has influenced traditional Maori games through the centuries…and yes, technology is amazing, but the games fundamentals haven’t changed much…they are still all about skill and fun (and the science of physics is still true)! The explore the mountain with our guided walks...all this and much more! (Everyday, all weather!)

This holidays, the team here at Mangere Mountain Education Centre have devised an exciting interactive journey of activities that takes kids through time, scientific discovery and fun!  An extra special addition to the programme is our pop exhibition, MOTAT: Force In Motion exploring the science of spinning through traditional Maori spinning tops (Pōtaka) complementing the myriad of activities that will keep the kids engaged for hours!

Discover how technology has influenced traditional Maori games through the centuries…and yes, technology is amazing, but the games fundamentals haven’t changed much…they are still all about skill and fun (and the science of physics is still true)!

  • Burn some energy, have some fun...and learn new skills and knowledge.
  • Create, learn, play, discover, explore, challenge and win!

 

Collect your games passport and challenge yourself to complete all the activities; honing your skills and knowledge along the way…

DISCOVER

  • Hack your own spinning top –create, test and take home
  • Earn the title of Toa (Warrior of the Pōtaka – spinning top), who can spin their top for the longest?
  • 3D Printing show case - discover how modern 3D printers are changing how we bring design concepts to life
  • Have a go with a traditional wooden Pōtaka  – can you whip it?
  • Get hands on with modern versions and see how they spin and learn some tricks

 

EXPERIENCE – Hone your motion activated gaming skills guided by the Mangere Mountain Education Centre team connecting Maori heritage with science in action

  • Test your reflexes and motor skills using Kōruru (Jackstones/Knucklebones)
  • Learn to catch, throw or juggle Poi in rhythm
  • Enhance your hand-eye coordination at speed with Titi Tōrea (Stick games)
  • Make  amazing geometrical patterns with Whai (string games)

 

EXPLORE

  • Join a guided walk to explore Te Pane O Mataoho (Mangere Mountain) take in our history and volcanic landscapes…on a voyage of discovery with one of our guides.
  • Guided walks depart at 11am and 1.30pm.

 

Every child who completes their passport gets to take a special momento home!

Details:

Just $10 per child – includes all materials.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. We encourage parents, grandparents and caregivers to come and participate.
Suitable for children 5 – 12, but all welcome. (Year 1 – 9)

Things to note:

  • Programme runs throughout the day.
  • Some activities are self-guided, some are facilitated by our great team of educators.
  • Guided mountain walks depart at 11am and 1.30pm (activities can be completed either side of the walk)
  • Allow 1.5 - 2 hours for the visit but feel free to take your time.
  • Full onsite facilities, perfect for both wet and fine weather. 
  • Situated just 5 minutes off the South-Eastern Motorway, a perfect companion visit to Ambury Farm Park for a fun day out.
  • For the safety of all our particpants - please park on the road.

 

What to bring:

  • Warm clothing, (it’s still Spring))
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Snacks and drinks. (we have basic tea and coffee onsite for adults for a gold coin donation)

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