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Maths IRL with MOTAT Trip planner

These activities can be used to encourage the use of mathematics content in an everyday context. Students are encouraged to use timetables, journey planners and admissions pages to use real world content to plan a day out to the MOTAT Museum of Transport and Technology.

Suitable for year 5 to 8

Curriculum Links

Mathematics

Level 3:

  • Number and algebra: use a range of additive and simple multiplicative strategies with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages.
  • Number knowledge: know fractions and percentages in everyday use

Level 4:

  • Number and algebra: use a range of multiplicative strategies when operating on whole numbers
  • Number and algebra: understand addition and subtraction of fractions, decimals and integers

Activity 1: Getting to MOTAT

YOU WILL NEED:
– Access to a computer and the internet
Auckland Transport Journey Planner and Fare information

Step 1

Let students know they have been tasked with planning a day trip to the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT). They must catch public transport to get there. Ask them to use the resources above to find out the information they need to get their whole family to 805 Great North Road by 10am.

Encourage students to show their working out when answering the problems in these activities.

This information should include:

  • The bus route number, and how long the bus will take to get them there
  • What time they are scheduled to arrive at MOTAT
  • How much it would cost them to get their whole family on the bus paying in cash

Activity 2: Getting in to MOTAT

YOU WILL NEED:
– Access to a computer and the internet
MOTAT Admission charges

Step 1

Ask students to use the resources above to:

  • Calculate how much it will cost to get their whole family into MOTAT, paying general admission prices
  • Compare their costing from above with the cost of a family pass. Which option offers the best deal for their family? Why?

Step 2 – students need to know how to calculate percentages for this activity

Ask students to:

  • Calculate the cost for their whole family to get into MOTAT with a
  • 10% discount (if their family has 10 or more people coming to MOTAT) on the general admission pricing
  • 15% special offer discount on the general admission pricing
  • 20% discount (if the family belongs to the AA) on the general admission pricing

Activity 3: Tram ride and MOTAT 2

YOU WILL NEED:
– Access to a computer and the internet
MOTAT Tram timetables

Step 1

Give students the following scenario and ask them to answer the questions.

A family member has just told you they have to meet someone at MOTAT 1 at 3.15pm. It is now 1.20pm. Your family have decided they would like to visit MOTAT 2 – the aviation section of the museum before their meeting at 3.15pm.

Look at the MOTAT tram timetables. Use the information in them to help you travel to MOTAT 2, explore the MOTAT 2 site, and then travel back to MOTAT 1 in time for the 3.15pm meeting.

Find the answers to the following:

  • What times you could catch the tram to MOTAT 2?

(As a guide, allow 20 minutes for the tram each way, and around 40mins to look around at MOTAT 2 – Aviation display hall).

  • What are the times of the trams you could catch back to MOTAT 1?

Activity 4: Getting Home again

YOU WILL NEED:
– Access to a computer and the internet
Auckland Transport Journey Planner and Fare information
MOTAT Tram timetables

Ask students to answer the following questions:

Once back at MOTAT 1, you will need to figure out:

  • What bus route can you catch home?
  • What times can you catch this bus? remember, you need to be home before 4.15pm)
  • How long will it take to get home?
  • How much will it cost to get your whole family home? (remember to pay in cash)

Extra resources

Website: MOTAT Collections Online

Post workshop activities

et students to write a journal entry about the day they planned at MOTAT. Encourage them to use the MOTAT Collections Online to add images, or as a starting point for ideas on things they may have seen at MOTAT.

We’d love to see what your students have come up with. Share with us at motat.fun@motat.org.nz