Join the fun these holidays!

At The Mind Lab we show 7-12 year-olds how to explore, experiment and engage with technology in ways that’ll enhance their learning, inspire their thinking and help them develop skills for the future. We do this through active, hands-on learning where they become creators, not consumers, of technology.

The Mind Lab @ MOTAT School Holiday Workshops

Tech & Creativity
We use the latest tech with the most creative minds!
Celebrate Failure
Learning by doing! Join the F.A.I.L club.
Collaborate & Learn Together
We work together to make learning fun.
Absolutely loves Mind Lab, the learning experiences and discoveries and the teachers. Sophia comes home and gets on building new websites, does more coding and revisits electronic things she's built to improve them, extending her learning and taking it back to school.

- Parent to Sophia

This is what we offer:

Monday 15th April – Coding & Film Making
Olympians in the Making

Race up to this challenge! Coding whizzes and budding filmmakers will feel like they’re taking home the gold as they use Scratch, Makey Makeys, webcams and movie-making software to create cool media they can keep building on at home.

Takeaway: Movie

Tuesday 16th April – Robotics & Get Thinking
Te ahurea o Aotearoa

Celebrate our beautiful and unique place on this Earth with two Aotearoa-themed challenges. In Robotics we’ll use E-Z Builder to program JD robots to host a dance party that’ll put New Zealand on the map. In Get Thinking we’ll put on our thinking caps (and sun hats) to come up with new ways to stay safe under our hot sun.

Takeaway: Prototype

Wednesday 17th April – 3D Design & Electronic Engineering
World of Wearable Tech

Did you know that ‘wearables’ is the word for tech we wear on the body, like fitness trackers? So handy! In 3D Design we’ll look at the human body and use 3D software Tinkercad to design a wearable of our own. In Electronic Engineering, engineering meets fashion design as we create our own E-Textiles LED Wrist Wraps.

Takeaway: Design

Thursday 18th April – Web Design & Animation
Food for Thought

Web designers, eat your heart out at our food-themed Wix workshop. Got a taste for animation too? Be part of your very own cooking show in our movie editing masterclass. We’ll use web cams, Movie Maker and MonkeyJam to create your masterpieces. No chef experience required! Just bring an appetite for learning.

Takeaway: Website & Movie

Week 2

Tuesday 23rd April – Robotics & Graphic Design
Let’s Build

Build ‘em up and knock ‘em down. Find out if you’re more of a builder or a breaker at our Let’s Build workshops. In Robotics, we’ll program Huna bots to break things and in Graphic Design, we’ll use Inkscape to design our dream structures (just don’t let your robots near them)!

Takeaway: Design

Wednesday 24th April – Internet of Things & Film Making
Protecting our Planet

The future of the Earth depends on us. Using Arduino Uno software and App Inventor 2, we’ll collect data from the world around us to solve an environmental issue. Got an important topic you need the world to know about? Time to create that award-winning documentary and save the planet!

Takeaway: Movie

Friday 26th April – Coding & Science/Engineering
Sound of Science

Listen…hear that? It’s the sound of science and music coming together in perfect harmony. Learn how to navigate the musical world through fun sound-based activities and investigate how sound can even help you code. Music to our ears!

Takeaway: Song

Book your holiday experience

At each action-packed full-day workshop we’ll cover two future-focused topics.
COST: $150 per full day
DISCOUNTS: Booking the whole week (or more)? Apply the code 5daydeal2019 to each of your bookings for a big discount. (Hint: book with friends and share this discount over any 5+ bookings.)
Use earlybird33 to get 20% off one day.