The Mind Lab by Unitec at MOTAT October School

School Holiday Workshops

Today’s landscape calls for a commitment to ongoing learning and adaptability to keep up in an increasingly digital and technology driven world.

The Mind Lab by Unitec recognises this and offers unique learning experiences for 7-12-year olds to engage with STEM education subjects and develop digital literacy, designed to challenge and support the young minds and critical thinkers of tomorrow.

As term three comes to an end and parents look for ideas to keep curious young minds busy over the break, the Mind Lab have you covered with a fantastic line-up of workshop to choose from running from Monday to Friday.

The classes are divided into two age groups: 7-9-years and 10-12- years and set in an encouraging and supportive atmosphere.

Pioneers in their field, The Mind Lab operate out of a custom-built lab at MOTAT’s Great North Road site in Western Springs.

The School programmes and School Holiday Workshops offer an impressive variety of STEM based subjects. Kids are encouraged to get stuck in, have a go, and failing is simply considered a part of the learning process.


Tell your own story while exploring ideas of movement, expression, storytelling and film-making. Experiment with Puppet Pin tools, stop-motion animation and much more as you get to grips with those behind-the-scenes processes that bring inanimate objects to life!

Learn to code using block-based programming languages, game mechanics and logic-based thinking. Explore the basic concepts of coding using kid-friendly visual programming platforms, while having fun building games that you can continue to experiment with at home.

Electronic Engineering
Spark an interest in electronics by learning the basics of  electricity and circuit design, complemented by some fun hands-on challenges. Thanks to advances within the electronics world, wiring and programming circuit boards is easier than ever before! Practice problem-finding, problem-solving and collaboration along the way.

Master the art of storytelling using visual media. Conquer key filming concepts such as directing, filming, framing, composition and editing, and one day you’ll be giving Peter Jackson a run for his money. (Please note: students may not come home with a complete film. We will upload all films to a private viewing channel, so parents/guardians can view them at their leisure.)


It won’t be long before we all have a robot in our home helping us with daily tasks. In our robotics workshop, you’ll learn to program a robot to respond to commands and perhaps even carry out automated tasks. Work through design challenges to perfect your creation as we think about how past, present and future problems might be solved through robotics.

Science & Engineering
Explore concepts such as forces, pressure, chemical change, conservation, human physiology and biomechanics to get ahead in an increasingly science-driven world. Get stuck in with hands-on challenges and exciting games that will stretch your scientific knowledge and wow you along the way. The perfect course for all aspiring Einsteins.

3D Design
Whether you’re creating a creature or designing a prototype for a new invention, we’ll use 3D design technology to bring your idea to life. Learn to navigate the 3D space and discover the technology that has already begun to play a huge part in our world! (Please note: 3D prints may not be ready until a few weeks after the programme, and occasionally a design may be a little too complex for our printer!)

World Wide Web
The World Wide Web connects us to people, facts and fun from all over the world. We’ll show you how to design your own content on the web, whether it’s a website for your favourite band, a blog about the best online games or a platform for hosting your ultimate cat videos. Learn how to create the perfect experience for Internet users who are lucky enough to find your content online.

Graphic Design
Using digital tools, photography and typography, we’ll use art for problem-solving, becoming graphic designers as we go! Our soon-to-be-pro artists will experience the process of seeing projects through from concept to reality.

For more information on school group bookings and school holiday workshops go to


  1. dawnblyth 30/09/2018 at 9:42 pm

    Technology is forever changing and the introduction of technology in many different fields is growing. The vast variety of uses is amazing. I think it is great to offer children the opportunity to have a dabble in different technology offerings is great. I think my eldest would love to learn how to code and create things using technology.

  2. Alezandra 30/09/2018 at 9:25 pm

    I wish we had something like this when we were younger. I myself would like to join and do coding too. 😛 Ah to be 7 to 12 is such a great joy. 😛

  3. SarahBlair 27/09/2018 at 10:47 pm

    This sounds awesome!!! And with the way that the world is, these are all be very important skills to have! I wish there was something like this closer to where I live!

  4. felicity beets 27/09/2018 at 4:13 pm

    These workshops sound so interesting and it is great that this is available for children. The animation one sounds like fun.

  5. Jen_Wiig 26/09/2018 at 4:14 pm

    WoW!!!!! these activities sound just incredible i know my 2 older boys would deff be keen on these and doing something a bit different for the holidays. I love how these can be then used in school and possibly help to find a passion or talent the child didnt know about. science is so cool too these days, i remember how everyone at my school despised science back in the day now its so much more than just body parts and making hokey pokey.

  6. MuddledUpMolly 25/09/2018 at 9:04 pm

    If we lived closer, I think our son would love this! I have been doing some online professional development with Mind Lab and they are awesome to work with.

  7. Shorrty4life1 18/09/2018 at 10:03 pm

    What a great idea. This would be cool for my son when he gets a little older he’s such a technology sort of kid. This is great to keep their minds busy and thinking over the two week holiday period.

  8. Shelz69 17/09/2018 at 5:52 pm

    This looks amazing, I would love to know more but the link isn’t working. Looks like it isn’t in Christchurch either?

  9. kymmage 13/09/2018 at 10:34 pm

    Oh man, this makes me wish we could set up a week or two in Auckland. My eldest would love this. She really likes stop motion, animating and coding in Scratch so this would not only be really fun for her, but would allow her to hang with like-minded kids too.

  10. Bevik1971 13/09/2018 at 2:41 pm

    Stuff like this is great, we don’t need to put our daughter into school holiday programmes yet as my hubby is not working (has been stay at home Dad). Hard on the budget but then we don’t have to worry about care in the holidays etc and forking out for same. We have come across an after school and holiday arts programme just around the corner from where we live, so we are going to take a peak and see if she wants to spend a couple days there 🙂

  11. Mands1980 13/09/2018 at 12:28 pm

    This would be great if we lived around somewhere that did this living rural the kids miss out on these cool fun activities. There are so many different workshops to chose from too great for the holidays.

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