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Map It! Exhibition Open Now!

4 Dec 2021 to 27 Feb 2022
4 December 2021 - 27 February 2022
Looking for some family fun this summer?
Event type: 
Free Entry
Puke Ariki Museum
1 Ariki Street New Plymouth 4310


Looking for some family fun this summer?  How about Puke Ariki’s newest exhibition - Map It!

Map It! is an educational and interactive exhibition for kids of all ages to learn new skills. Visitors will be able to solve puzzles and collect different parts of their own map, which can then be viewed and brought to life through augmented reality. Every visit will be a whole new experience, and there’s an onsite café for when the whole family needs a break.

Kids & Parents can undertake a quest across land, sea, and space to explore the role of mapping and navigation in everyday life. Mapping and navigation has been at the heart of the human experience since the dawn of our species, underpinning advancements in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) over millennia.

At Map it! kids can explore the intricate global ocean currents using real-world scientific modelling by tracking the movement of debris from a spilled cargo container full of rubber ducks. Using the oldest navigational techniques known to humankind students will learn to use the stars to find their way across both land and ocean, just as our ancestors did tens of thousands of years ago. Throughout Map It! your kids will be captivated and surprised in the quest to explore cities, oceans and the night sky, and in developing their own mapping skills as they complete the quest map and uncover hidden layers of information.

The exhibition comprises of twelve activities which align with the Next Generation Science Standards, and the lessons and activities bridge the learning from the exhibition to the classroom for kids aged 8 – 14 years old. Teachers can choose which activities are best aligned with their curriculum and which best fit their students’ needs and interests.

The twelve activities include:

  • An evacuation plan
  • Master gamer
  • Location via triangulation
  • Mapping the ocean floor
  • Topopotato
  • Magnetic seafloor
  • A treasure hunt
  • Tectonic earthquakes
  • Map distortion
  • Earth manual: piecing it together
  • Warming = cooling?
  • Speed of sound.

There are a range of activities for kids and parents to get involved with, such as learning how to coordinate and play a giant game of Battleship, how to navigate using the stars, and using sonar to scan your friends. Can you navigate through shipwrecks, pilot a simulated underwater vehicle, or escape a virtual building?

This is a once in a lifetime event for Puke Ariki so don’t miss out!

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Puke Ariki Museum, Libraries, and Visitor Information

6 Dec 2021

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