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Science Roadshow & Electricity Holiday Experience

When:

Wed 15 Jul 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 16 Jul 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 17 Jul 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 18 Jul 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 19 Jul 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: MOTAT (Museum of Transport & Technology), 805 Great North Rd, Western Springs, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Family Pass: $40.00
  • Children Under 17: $8.00
  • Students with ID: $8.00
  • Adults: $16.00
  • Children Under 5: $0.00
  • SuperGold Card Holders: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: Vanessa Hefer

It’s electrifying fun at MOTAT these school holidays!

The popular Science Roadshow returns to MOTAT from 4 – 19 July with its two live shows and interactive exhibits. This exciting hands-on learning experience broadens children’s knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics while having great fun.

The new live science shows, Wonderful Water and Sparks, Arcs and Gherkins, will be presented every hour throughout the holidays.

Wonderful Water explains the amazing properties of water and how it cycles through our world. Simple experiments demonstrate why we need to look after earth’s fresh water supply, whether ice is heavier than water and what surface tension means along with many other interesting facts about water.

Sparks, Arcs and Gherkins explores the dynamics of electricity and its many uses. It illustrates how a circuit works, teaches children all about electromagnets and the difference between conductors and insulators. They can even see first-hand whether a gherkin is a good conductor or not! Exciting apparatus, including a Tesla coil generating thousands of volts of electricity and the Electric Chair of Doom, are bound to keep the kids engaged.

Have a spin on the rotating chair, get comfortable on the bed of nails, witness a 3D printer in action, experiment with a beach ball and a Bernoulli Blower or build an arch bridge. These are just a few of the 60 plus interactive activities visitors can experience in this mobile science discovery centre.

Plus get hands-on in MOTAT’s Discovery Dome, where visitors can learn even more about electricity. Children 8+ will investigate conductivity and resistance by building their own circuit from simple materials to try out on a ‘Makey-Makey’ control board and take home afterwards.

Visitors can also play with ‘Ozobots’, the brand new hi-tech robotic toy which is programmable to perform a range of functions using simple coloured markers and white paper. Called the “game piece with a brain” this activity highlights how electricity has influenced every aspect of our daily lives, from work to play.

In the Activity Centre, youngsters will enjoy taking part in a variety of simple electricity experiments. Here they can learn how friction generates static electricity and then use that energy to stick a balloon to a wall, move a tin can without touching it and make polystyrene ‘fleas’ dance!

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