Tauranga STEM Festival

Main Festival Day: Sat 12th October 2019

Free to Attend!

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!


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.


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.

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

STEM Challenge Day

Wednesday 18th September 2019

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

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

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 Live!

Experiment with food with the amazing Nanogirl Labs team!

more exhibitors to be confirmed...

Meet our amazing sponsors

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

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.

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Latest News

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

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...

Saturday 12th October 2019. 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. Subscribe to our mailing list to be...

STEMFest Fringe Events

Alongside the main festival day, we are planning on bringing a series of supporting fringe events to compliment the main day. STEM Challenge Day- Designed for primary and secondary school aged children and home-ed community. STEM Diversity Debate- An open debate with homegrown and international high profile STEM champions and...

Tauranga Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Festival is a free to attend, family-orientated day of fun activities to celebrate and experience the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). STEMFest will be a world class festival, held in Tauranga, made up of a series of events throughout...


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.