Introducing Hīnātore, Te Papa’s Learning Lab – new, innovative, and transformative!
Hīnātore is where people of all ages can create, innovate, and collaborate. Where flashes of inspiration connect and ignite communities.
We combine cutting-edge digital technologies with Te Papa’s collections and taonga to empower lifelong learning.
Our dynamic, hands-on learning sessions for school groups and the public are designed to build maker mindsets.
Hīnātore explores news ways of learning using transformative technologies, including:
- a purpose-built virtual reality (VR) studio where learners create, collaborate and play
- telepresence technology that connects learners in remote locations and builds learning communities
- the latest educational technologies for learners to collaborate, create, and share, including touch tables, smartphones, and tablets
- a range of 3-D scanners and printers to support learners to make and invent.
Hīnātore sessions are cross-disciplinary (STEAM) and support learners’ development across the 21st Century core competencies: creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.
Hīnātore extends and deepens engagement with our exhibitions and collections. Where learners of all ages can learn together in a flexible and fun learning commons.
Our name: Hīnātore | Learning Lab
Hīnātore is Māori for phosphorescence or luminescence – a glow or glimmering in the dark.
It symbolises the awakenings of understanding; the shimmering first lights of inspiration that mark the beginning of a learning journey. Hīnātore | Learning Lab will help illuminate paths towards creativity, collaboration, and innovation.