Education Programs

In 2017 we offer exciting education programs that position students as creators.

A visit to the National Motor Museum can include a range of hands-on experiences.

All education programs are offered at $7.50 per student $3.00 Equity.

For more information and bookings phone Ian Reed - Education Manager at the National Motor Museum on 8568 4000.

We can customise your school’s visit by including any of the following programs:

FREE and for a limited time only

Bush Mechanics for Years 6-9

The Bush Mechanics exhibition runs throughout term 2 (2017) at the Museum and is FREE to schools booking in advance. Based on the original ABC series Bush Mechanics it gives students the opportunity to see the original vehicles from the show and explore aboriginal perspectives from the Central Australian desert region of the Warlpiri peoples.

Students will also participate in a ‘claymation’ workshop where they will make a short movie demonstrating their understanding of aboriginal perspectives.


The exhibition features many interactive components and explores the concept of bush mechanics in the remote outback area of Central Australia from an Aboriginal perspective. It gives the students a hands-on look at different parts of the Bush Mechanics TV series and features two of the original cars from the show. Students will be able to try their own bush mechanics techniques to get a ‘bush punk’ slot car to navigate around an outback track. Similarly they will experience a bush mechanics driving simulator which needs the students to listen to a real bush mechanic narrator giving tips of how to get the car working using parts lying around.

David Batty directing a scene form Bush Mechanics


A theatrette will showcase the Bush Mechanics Claymation film which was produced after some of the original cast passed away. The Claymation was made so the series could still be enjoyed in Central Australian communities today. Students will create figures using plasticine and use iPads to record their animation. They will create their own scene from the original movie using stop motion animation.

Bush Mechanics Claymation Workshops


Teacher resources and activities for students years 6 – 9 to do before and after the visit are an integral part of the exhibition and are available when schools book in for the exhibition.

The education package uses a cross curriculum approach to learning.

· Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture

· Years 7 and 8 Design and Technologies: Knowledge and Understanding

· Years 9 and 10 Design and Technologies: Processes and Production Skills.


· Building on HASS Year 3 , the impact of changing technology on peoples lives

· Building on Geography Year 3, The representation of Australia as states and territories and as Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples; and major places in Australia, both natural and human

Links to SA Teaching for Effective learning Domain 4: Personalise and connect learning 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4


Cost: The exhibition and guided education program are FREE to school groups booked in advance. Teachers and other supervising adults will have free admission.

When: Bush Mechanics The Exhibition will be open to the public on 12 April 2017 and available for school visits during Term 2 only (May 1— July 7 2017).


Curatorial talks for Years 4-12 

The National Motor Museum’s expert staff can lead your class through a tour of the Museum specifically designed for your students.

The motor and social history collection offers great potential for students to understand the changing nature of community and industry as the result of human innovation.

The curatorial talks will inform themes of: Australian motoring history, technological development through motoring innovation, industrial design and the changing shape of motor vehicles and local history in the Adelaide Hills.

Your visit to the Museum will also give students the opportunity to explore the large collection and beautiful grounds.

We offer BBQ and lunch facilities so you can make a day of your visit.

Students will also leave with a discount voucher to return with their families.


Sunburnt Country — Icons of Australian motoring

Through this specially designed exhibition students can understand how the early settlers of modern Australia explored and opened up the country via motoring (the Talbot story).

They will interact with innovation through the story of the first vehicles and the Shearer Steam Carriage.

They will explore the introduction of the everyday car through the Holden story.

One of the popular highlights of Sunburnt Country is the quintessential Australian story of the  servicing of Australia’s remote regions through the Tom Kruse truck and the Royal Mail delivery service.

These stories are supported by downloadable teacher-directed worksheets that cover:  Aboriginal Australia, Depth Studies, Timelines, Map Work & Research, Creative Writing and Research.


Motorworks - Program 1 Year 4-6 / Program 2 Year 6-8

Legoworks - Year R-3 

Motorworks and Legoworks are hands on creative experiences that enhance many areas of learning for students.

For example, after viewing historic footage and inspired by the Museum collection, students will understand industrialisation, community and family life, history and change, the impact of technology while engaging with both literacy and numeracy skills.

They will then create a small scale vehicle as part of a team and enjoy understanding problem solving, coordination and team work.

Motorworks and Legoworks are led by our experienced Education Officers who know how to keep students engaged and interested.


Worksheets for fun and education

We have a range of materials that will keep students of various ages engaged and interested in the Museum's collection, from colouring-in to crosswords and trails. Download resources that suit your group here: A drive to Adelaide, Ford Model T Trail, Great Journeys Trail, Great Journeys Word Search, Hunt for Junk, I Spy, Lego Car Trail, Leyland Badger Colour-in, Match and Patch, Monsoor Hawkers Van Colour-in, Museum Investigator, Road Sign Observation, Seatbelt Safety Colour-in, Seatbelts Save Lives and Sunburnt Country Trail.

OSCH / Vacation Care Program

All OSCH / Vacation care Programs are available at $7.50 per child.

Ramp Racers

Ramp Racers is an exciting school holiday program. Children design, build and race their LEGO® hot rod, dragster or super-car down a track using the Museum's standard chassis. They will learn about aerodynamics, strength and endurance. They will learn as they go too, modifying their ride for extra speed and race again. Thrills and spills are pretty much guaranteed! 


The custom designed Scalextric Car Racing Circuit is available to OSCH Groups during the school holidays.

The track gives teams of up to six students at a time the chance to play and test their skills and compete with each other in a safe and exciting environment.

This program is complimented by a hands on LEGO design and "build a car of the future" activity.


Self-Guided Trails

We have a wide variety of self-guided trails designed for children and families to explore the Museum and learn about the vehicles, the people and journeys they have taken.

Junior Driver’s Licence Program

Children can engage with the vehicle collection by completing one or more trails and designing their own Australian car. On completion they are provided with a National Motor Museum Junior Driver’s Licence.