Across hundreds of millions of years, extinction events have wiped out vast numbers of species. Come face to face with their fossilised remains in this time-travelling science exhibition – from giant armoured fish and ancient mammals to the mighty T-Rex itself!
Our Educators have developed a fascinating and engaging learning programme that travels back 485 million years, investigating species change, dinosaurs, fossils and the current extinction period we are experiencing.
Six Extinctions opens to the public on 16th December 2023 and the learning programme will be available to schools in Term 1 2024 until the end of March.
Transported back 300 years through imagination and storytelling, students will learn the traditional importance of harakeke in our rohe. They will each transform harakeke from rau (leaf) to whiri (plait). They’ll also play an inter-iwi ‘trading game’ to illustrate the importance of harakeke as a resource for practical needs, exchange and interconnection. This programme was developed by external experts with knowledge of Mātauranga Rangitāne and active embodied learning.
10.30-12.00 (or 12.30 for slower rau workers) – this session will include the key storytelling and rau mahi.
1.00-2.30 Trading game session (this is not included in the short programme).
We provide a venue for a lunch break.
Thirty-five generations ago, Haunui-a-Nanaia made an epic journey through our rohe. This engaging and interactive programme will build students’ understanding of the many different ways stories are told and carry important information through the generations. Students will learn the names of awa in our rohe and the meanings behind them. They will also gain a sense of how events from the distant past tie people to place. This programme was developed by external experts with knowledge of Mātauranga Rangitāne and active embodied learning.
Short Programme (10.00-12.00 or 12.30-2.30):
After a full group introduction, students will be split into three groups and rotate between the following activities:
Long Programme (full day 10.00-2.30):
Includes the above short programme with the addition of:
We provide a venue for a lunch break.
Follow Te Awa o Manawatū from its source all the way to the ocean and learn how the awa has shaped our land. In our custom-built water room students will experience the effects of flooding and erosion first-hand by playing our popular erosion game. After a full group introduction, the group splits for a rotation of two 30-minute sessions;
More suited to older students who will discover the fascinating geology of our region, with a focus on the unique Te Āpiti Manawatū Gorge. Students will also get the chance to investigate rocks and fossils close-up and consider the forces of nature that have formed our rohe.
The programme first takes students on a journey through our Te Awa gallery investigating the geological formation of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Manawatū before moving into our Education room for hands-on activities investigating sedimentary rocks and fossils.
Students will become palaeontologists and dig for fossil remains. They will explore how fossils are formed and reflect on what Aotearoa New Zealand may have looked like at the time of dinosaurs. They will learn about the creatures that once lived in our forests and swam in our waters, and perhaps even design their own dinosaur!
This programme has a full group introduction, then splits students for rotations between two educator-led sessions of 35-40 minutes: Dino Dig and fossils.
Choose a topic that suits your needs or get a taste of two or three with our hands-on science experiments. Discuss your needs with us and we will provide an awesome learning experience.
This programme can focus on either Fizzing & Foaming (FF) or Nano-technology (NT). All students partake in each experiment.
Through storytelling, viewing and discussion of different art works and practical colour exercises, students will explore the impact of colour in our lives.
This programme offers students different printing experiences, from trying out traditional methods to making cyanotypes, an artform reliant on the UV rays of the sun. A brilliant mix of art and science. Focus on one or have a go at both.
We’re here to help you make your group visit as smooth as possible, so that you and your guests have the best Te Manawa experience!
There are three education rooms; two downstairs in the Museum building, and one upstairs in the Art Gallery. These rooms are used for education programmes in addition to using gallery and exhibition areas.
Trolleys to store students’ bags are available in the foyer of the Museum and Art Gallery for visiting groups. Ask a Visitor Host for access to these when you arrive. Do not leave valuables such as cameras, wallets in these trolleys or unattended in education rooms.
Bus and car parking is available between Animates and the Child Youth and Family building on Church Street, or alternatively on Pitt Street next to the Globe Theatre on Main St.
Pay and display public car parks are located on Main Street and directly in front of the main entrance (by the Te