Motorworks© Education Program Years 2 – 9

The Motorworks© Education program is based around the assembly line production of the Model T Ford. Students take on the role of a production worker on a simulated assembly line producing cardboard replicas of the Model T Ford, one of which they get to take home. Each student will have a different task to the others and some will be supervisors of a section.


Henry Ford introduced the Model T Ford in 1908. Prior to this time automobiles were for the wealthy only due to their cost of production. Henry Ford wanted a car made cheaper so the majority of people could afford them. To do this he invented the idea an assembly line the car moved along to one of 84 stations where workers would affix the part needed. His early assembly lines featured the car being assembled dragged on skids and in 1913 he introduced the rolling production line where the car being assembled did not stop until finished. He trained the workers to undertake only one task which they became very quick at, speeding up the whole process.

The Model T Ford was the world’s first mass produced car and the total number of cars produced was 15 million.

The opportunities for student learning are diverse and the program links well with the Australian Curriculum and is informed by the ‘Teaching for Effective Learning’ (TfEL) framework.

Students undertaking this education program will:

  1. Develop an understanding about the Model T Ford and why it was such as success at the time.
  2. Learn the principles of how an assembly line works and why it is a more efficient way of producing cars than any method previously used.
  3. Understand the effectiveness of teamwork in a production process.
  4. Develop a problem solving approach to learning.
  5. Develop an understanding of the inherent problems associated with working as an assembly line worker.
  6. Develop an understanding of the hierarchical nature of working in a factory back in the early part of the twentieth century.
  7. Understand the concept of quality control in a manufacturing process.


Skill development and curriculum links

Literacy – the program features multiple ways students can gather instructional information to start building the Model T Ford. Place cards on each workstation have both text and images which guide the student, whilst instructional videos have been prepared to allow each student to watch the building process being done.

YEAR 2 to 6 Design and Technology  

  • Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs (ACTDEK010)
  • Identify how people design and produce familiar products, services and environments and consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs (ACTDEK001)
  • Sequence steps for making designed solutions and working collaboratively (ACTDEP009)
  • Use materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to safely make designed solutions (ACTDEP007)

YEAR 2 to 6 HASS

Knowledge and understanding

  • How changing technology affected people’s lives (at home and in the ways they worked, travelled, communicated and played in the past) (ACHASSK046)

Inquiry and Skills

  • Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues (ACHASSI052, ACHASSI073)
  • Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI053, ACHASSI074)
  • Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources (ACHASSI095, ACHASSI123)
  • Examine information to identify different points of view and distinguish facts from opinions (ACHASSI056, ACHASSI077)
  • Examine primary and secondary sources to determine their origin and purpose (ACHASSI098, ACHASSI126)
  • Draw simple conclusions based on analysis of information and data (ACHASSI058, ACHASSI079)
  • Interact with others with respect to share points of view (ACHASSI059, ACHASSI080)
  • Evaluate evidence to draw conclusions (ACHASSI101, ACHASSI129)
  • Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI102, ACHASSI130)

YEAR 9 History Depth Study

Making a better world?

Students investigate how life changed in the period in depth through the study of the Industrial Revolution. The study includes the causes and effects of the development and the Australian experience.


  • The short and long-term impacts of the Industrial Revolution, including global changes in landscapes, transport and communication (ACDSEH082)


Legoworks – Year R-3

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

For example, after viewing historical 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.


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