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MOTAT Welcome to the Machine Exhibition

MOTAT Welcome to the Machine Exhibition

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  • Sat 27 Sep ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
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MOTAT (Museum of Transport & Technology), 805 Great North Rd, Western Springs Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Family Pass (2 adults, 4 children): $40.00
  • Adults: $16.00
  • Students with ID/children 5-16yrs: $8.00
  • Children under 5 and SuperGold Card Holders: $0.00


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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!

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