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Welcome to Smart Motorways, a series of two virtual field trips in 2015 and 2016 focusing on technology, social science and sustainability. We all rely on well formed roads to get where we're going easily, safely and with less congestion. During this field trip you will see how a motorway can be designed and made smart so people can arrive at their destinations safely, more quickly and with less stress! Smart motorways also help reduce fuel costs and lower carbon emissions from vehicles as they travel more efficiently.

This LEARNZ Smart Motorways 2 virtual field trip begins with Prepare Students which gets your class ready for the field trip. Teachers, look for your section on the left-side menu of this site called Teacher Support.

Content for this second field trip is for 1-3 March 2016.

For more about the Field Trip Plan and the second field trip - go to Field Trip Home.

Field Trip 2 - March 2016

Monday 29 February

Travel Day

  • Join Shelley and the ambassadors as they travel from Dunedin to Wellington to begin the second Smart Motorways field trip.
  • Read Shelley's diary
  • Find out what Alvin the LEARNZ ambassador got up

Tuesday 1 March

Progress updates and construction

  • Find out from experts on site about how work on Wellington's Smart Motorway is progressing.
  • Read Shelley's diary
  • Find out how Alvin the LEARNZ ambassador spent the day
  • Listen to the audioconference recording
  • Watch today's videos

Wednesday 2 March

Creating roads for people not just cars

  • Discover more about the research behind the Smart Motorway and how members of the public have influenced the design.
  • Read Shelley's diary
  • Find out how Alvin the LEARNZ ambassador spent the day
  • Listen to the audioconference recording
  • Watch today's videos

Thursday 3 March

Smart Technology for a Smart Motorway

  • Meet the people who have developed the smarts to run the Smart Motorway and see how technology is helping improve driver safety and travel times.
  • Read Shelley's diary
  • Find out how Alvin the LEARNZ ambassador spent the day
  • Listen to the audioconference recording
  • Watch today's videos

The field trip experience for Smart Motorways 2 is made up of a number of components which take place from Tuesday 1 March to Thursday 3 March. All the links for Field Trip 2 components in the table below go to pages that are updated daily during the field trip. They remain on this website and can be used after the date of the live field trip.

Field Trip 2
March 2016



Classes can send an ambassador (small toy) on the field trip with the LEARNZ Field Trip teacher. Daily ambassador updates can be read by all classes.


For enrolled classes, students can log in and post their own questions on a Web Board to be answered by the field trip experts. For these two field trips from late 2015 until early 2016 Ask-an-Expert will be kept open, apart from school holidays. Once it has finally closed, the Ask-an-Expert link will go to a new page which has a selection of questions and answers from the field trip Web Board.


Students speak to put questions live to experts who are on location during the field trip. Audioconferences can also be listened to live via the Internet audiostream or from a recording.


The LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher writes a detailed diary for students to read, accompanied by 10 captioned images for each day of the field trip - including the travel day on Monday.

Experts and Careers

Students meet each expert involved in this field trip via a profile page and short video. Potential career and training paths can also be explored on these pages.

Photo Gallery

All website and field trip photos are available in one easy-to-use location, where students can browse, enlarge, read captions and select to further their interest and learning.


Short, curriculum-rich videos with questions and answers are made on each day of the field trip and uploaded in the evening for viewing the following day.