Mount Albert Grammar was asked to attend a 'think tank' with other schools in the lab's planning stages last year. Physics teacher Ms Paula Calver and Year 13 student Jeremy King travelled to Te Papa to take part.
Hinatore is equipped with a virtual reality studio, 3D printers, 3D scanners, touch tables, and telepresence technologies that enable learners to connect in real time with those in other parts of the country, and overseas.
Learning lab spokesman Ms Miri Young says the lab is an inspiring space with a range of technologies that “allow us to learn in completely new ways”.
Te Papa’s collections, exhibitions and taonga are at the heart of Hinatore’s learning programmes, allowing learners to experience anything from voyaging the Pacific in waka, to creating digital art in an immersive virtual world.
School groups unable to physically visit the national museum are able to participate on a 'virtual excursion' using telepresence technology to explore Te Papa’s exhibitions remotely with an educator. "Our technology also enables collaborative learning opportunities for students around the country through virtual reality and telepresence tech," said Ms Young.
"We are very grateful to Ms Calver and Jeremy - they gave our team some great ideas. Jeremy did an awesome job of facilitating the conversation at his table and encouraging some of the younger students to express their ideas."
Mr Drumm said Mount Albert Grammar was proud to support Te Papa's strategic role as an educator, with a focus on innovation.
There were plans for Te Papa to also contribute to MAGS by exhibiting pieces from its collections in the school's new Science block, due to begin construction later this year. The museum's scientists could also contribute to lessons remotely through its interactive technology.
"MAGS' partnership with Te Papa will continue to develop as we find new ways of working together to enhance our curriculum," said Mr Drumm.
Find out more: https://www.tepapa.govt.nz/learn/hinatore-learning-lab