2020 STEM Initiative

A celebration of

Current Projects...


Conversations in STEM with Chris Lintott.

Have you ever wondered what an Astrophysicist does?

How do you even become an Astrophysicist?

How can you ‘discover’ a galaxy or supernovae?

Chris is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford, where he is also a research fellow at New College. As Principal Investigator of the Zooniverse, he leads a team who run the world’s most successful citizen science projects, allowing more than a million people to discover planets, transcribe ancient papyri or explore the Serengeti. A passionate advocate of the public understanding of science, he is best known as co-presenter of the BBC’s long running Sky at Night program.


Are you an aspiring young developer, coder, or designer?

Gain or grow your technology and coding proficiencies, enhance your problem-solving skills, excel in communication and team collaboration, forge valuable relationships and make a positive difference in your community.

For students aged 16+. This programme provides the chance to apply learning and skills to real-world issues that will have tangible community impact.

2020 STEM Initiative

A year programme of STEM activations and engaging events, culminating in a celebratory STEM activation in Tauranga’s CBD. Check out all the other events we have planned for whānau and community, for children, young people, and adults!

Conversations in STEM

Making STEM Entertaining

Bringing internationally renowned STEM experts and heroes to Tauranga and New Zealand online and in person. Delivering ‘entertaining STEM’ with a student matinee followed by a public evening event in the evening.

Four events throughout the year. More details released soon…

STEM Curiosity Day

A day of STEM exploration for children aged 8-12 years old. Interactive and fun day of STEM activities, creating opportunities to reach out, raise up, reinforce, relate, and reimagine STEM. Team registration open soon for schools and community groups in the Bay of Plenty. More details to follow…

STEM Re-imagined for 2020

A world-class STEM activation in the heart of Tauranga CBD. A family event for curious people of all ages. Designed to engage and inspire a new generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians – More details son… Main Festival (STEMFest) will now be in October 2021 – subscribe to the mailing list to be the first to find out…

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Meeting our amazing Sponsors for 2020!

Leading the way to inspire a new generation of STEM heroes!

What did we get up to last year?

So much to do in one day...some highlights from STEMFest 2019.

Get involved...

If you are interested in taking part in the event as a volunteer, speaker, exhibitor, or workshop provider, we would love to hear from you, please get in touch with us.


This event is organised by a dedicated team, powered by the community and kindly sponsored and funded by leading STEM organisations in Bay of Plenty.


We are passionate about giving our tamariki the opportunities to become creative and passionate learners so they can be the leaders of tomorrow. Donate securely via paypal. Your kind donations will go into STEM Wana Trust a registered charity.


With events and activations happening throughout the year, we are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers. If you think you can help or assist in any way, please get in touch.


If your contribution is engaging, hands-on, and interactive we would love to hear from you. Our aim is to connect STEM providers with public and whānau in a totally immersive way. Showcasing the wonders of STEM.

Our Friends & Supporters

2020 STEM Initiative would not be able to happen without the support of our friends and supporters who lend their time and expertise.