What is Hīnātore | Learning Lab?
He aha a Hīnātore | Papa Ako?

Hīnātore, Te Papa’s Learning Lab is for school groups and the public. We offer learning sessions that combine cutting-edge technology with Te Papa’s collections and taonga.

Introducing Hīnātore, Te Papa’s Learning Lab – new, innovative, and transformative!

A child holds up a robot with pens as legs

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Making Art Bots, 2017. Te Papa

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.

New technologies

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.

Children playing on a PC

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Designing toys, 2017. Te Papa

A granddaughter plays the guitar while her grandfather films with a go pro

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Recording a 360° video of musical performance, 2016. Photograph by Kate Whitley. Te Papa

Cross-disciplinary

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.  

Sponsored by

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