Saturday 12th Oct 2019

Tauranga STEM Festival - Durham St.

Free to Attend! - From 9am to 5pm

What is STEMFest?

A world class festival, held in Tauranga, designed to engage and inspire a new generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.


Be a Sponsor

We are seeking dynamic individuals, innovative organisations and companies to sponsor and support the event.


Kawe mai i te whānau.

Come and meet the inspiring scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians behind some of today’s coolest ideas and innovations!

A celebration that is designed to engage and inspire the whole whānau and community, for children, young people, and adults!

FREE Entry Tickets!

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Get involved!

If you are interested in taking part in the event as a speaker, exhibitor, or workshop provider, please get in touch with us.

Come along to…

Make it!

Break it!

Experience it!

Hands-on practical learn-by-doing for the curious no matter what your age or experience.


Whakawhanake – Learn how you can follow in the footsteps of your STEM heroes by meeting the companies and organisations who are responsible for bringing these innovations to life.


Whakauru – Take part in hands on experiments and demonstrations, from the coolest cutting edge technology to some amazing science and innovative engineering.


Whakatairanga – Meet some amazing people working in STEM and changing the world with their awesome skills and expertise.

FREE Entry Tickets!

Entry tickets now available. Be quick!

Fringe Events

Can't wait until 12th October to get your STEM fix? No problem, check out the following exciting events will be happening in the lead up to the main day...

Sat 10th Aug 2019

at Canvas Career Expo

Baypark Area

Tue 3rd Sep 2019

STEMFest Popup & Play
at Groundswell

Basestation, Durham St

Tue 10th Sep 2019

STEM Debate
Sponsored by Zespri

Digital Colonialism: What is it and how can we manage its impact.

Toi Ohomoi, Windermere

Wed 18th Sep 2019

STEM Challenge Day
Sponsored by Uni. of Waikato

ACG Tauranga

Tue 8th Oct 2019

STEM Debate – Comvita
Sponsored by Zespri

Does having too much empathy constrain good science?

UoW Tauranga

Mon 14th Oct 2019

STEM Headline Debate
Sponsored by Zespri

Zespri HQ

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Main Festival Day - Saturday 12th Oct 2019

What's on? Here's a small selection of the exciting things you can expect to see and do during the main festival day...

Maths Craft NZ

Maths Craft NZ

Discover the beauty of mathematics. Bringing maths to the masses by celebrating the links between mathematics and craft.

House of Science Tauranga

House of Science

House of Science is passionate about inspiring young New Zealanders’ interest in science through tangible learning experiences. Come and take part on some cool experiments and meet some amazing scientists.

Slime Zone Featuring Slime Princess

Slime Zone

Get stuck into some non-newtonian fluid or Oobleck, and experiment with a lot of gooey, sticky, gloopy mess. Get ready to make a MESS!

AR Sandbox

Augmented Reality Sandbox

Get interactive with our geo engineers and build mountains, terrain (and even make it rain) with sand augmented in real-time!

Treasure Hunt App

Treasure Hunt

In partnership with our friends at Arataki Cultural Trails. The free app will allow STEM explorers the ability to follow a trail of clues and learn about the hidden STEM messages and stories in the CBD.



Look up! Come see the latest drone technology, see some expert drone pilots and learn how it’s being used in the Bay of Plenty.

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality

Come and experience Virtual Reality with the best VR headsets for gaming as well as innovation and for commercial uses.

DNA Bracelets

DNA Bracelet

Come and make a bracelet of DNA sequence from organisms including a human, chimpanzee, butterfly, carnivorous plant or flesh-eating bacteria. Explore the basics of DNA sequences and complementary base pairing.

Kitchen Science Cookbook Live!

Kitchen Science Cookbook Live!

Experiment with food with the amazing Nanogirl Labs team.

AquaSTEM Zone

AquaSTEM Zone

Explore all thins to do with our amazing marine industry. Get ready to get wet!



Meet the team bringing you STEM education on the move.

Biosecurity Detector Dogs

Biosecurity Detector Dogs

Meet the amazing heroes (and their humans) working on the front line protecting NZ’s biosecurity borders.

Te Reo Maori Zone

Te Reo Maori with TPK

Learn about the opportunities that support the growth and development of Māori within the Information Technology sector.


Coding with JuniorDev TGA

Come and have a go at coding and computing that will blow your mind!

Food Testing

Food Testing

Find out about the advances in the horticulture industry and the new exciting technologies being developed for food testing.

more exhibitors to be confirmed...

Meet our amazing sponsors

These companies are leading the charge to inspire a new generation of STEM heroes!

Principal Funder

Main Sponsor

Main Sponsor

Funding Partner

Our Other Sponsors

Want to take part?

Tauranga STEM Festival is about celebrating and showcasing STEM, in particular the inspirational and innovative work that is happening in our City and on our very doorstep and our immediate region.

Powered by the Community

Did you know that STEMFest is run and organised by a group dedicated Individuals who have volunteered well over 100+ hours to get this project off the ground? We are passionate about giving our tamariki the opportunities to become creative and passionate learners so they can be the leaders of tomorrow.

Your Contribution


Our Goal




If you would like to donate to our work, you can do so securely via paypal. Your kind donations will go into STEM Wana Trust, an incorporated charitable trust, and used to develop community projects like STEMFest and outreach activities.

STEMFest Merch

Check out our limited and exclusive range of STEM based clothing. Choose from a selection of designs. Not only will you look cool, but the profits from all sales will go directly to the Trust to help fund community based projects.

All orders will be fulfilled and managed by Digitees in Papamoa.

Latest News

Find out what we are doing and who we have been talking to...

Wednesday the 18th September saw us welcoming over 200 young people from across the region to attend the first ever STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Challenge Day held as part of STEMFest and hosted by ACG Tauranga. What was there Challenges Nanogirl Rocket building and launching Highlights Quotes...

On Tuesday 10th September saw the first event in our STEM Debate Series which is kindly sponsored by Zespri International. It was organised and hosted by STEMFest 2019 sponsor and friends at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and also formed part of Wiki O Te Reo Māori – Māori...

Team STEMFest were in full play mode at last weekend’s Canvas Career Expo held at Tauranga’s Trustpower Arena.  Hundreds of visitors, from toddlers to grandparents, stopped by the interactive stand to learn about STEMFest Tauranga and the exciting opportunities to interact with new technologies being developed right here in...

On Thursday 23rd May 2019, we had the pleasure of inviting our STEMFest whānau, sponsors, supporters, and friends to an official launch event. We were fortunate enough to have the evening hosted at the lovely Beca Group offices in Tauranga. Our guests starting arriving around 5pm and pretty soon...

Access to STEM Education and Infrastructure Careers for Women and Girls in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands – CSW63 Side Event 12 Mar 2019 –  There are low numbers of women accessing tertiary education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics worldwide. This means fewer women in Technology and...


Tauranga is located in the beautiful coastal Bay of Plenty in the North Island, New Zealand.

Basestation, 148 Durham Street, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand


Air New Zealand flies daily to Tauranga and offers direct flights to and from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Tauranga Airport is located about 10 minutes from Tauranga city centre and seven minutes from central Mt Maunganui.

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Meet our friends and supporters

STEMFest would not be able to happen without the support of our friends and supporters who lend their time and expertise.