12th Oct - 9am to 5pm

Tauranga - Durham St.

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What is STEMFest?

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



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


Find out about what we got up to!

Saturday 12th October saw us close down a block in Tauranga's CBD to host the inaugural STEMFest. Here are a few of the highlights.

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!

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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.

Fringe Events

Our supporting and fringe events for STEMFest 2019...

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

We don’t need more women in STEM we need diversity

Zespri International

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Look at all the exciting things we lined up for STEMFest 2019!

Here is a small selection of the types of activities we had on Saturday 12th October 2019.

Slime Princess goes to Tauranga STEM Festival. Come meet NZ’s very own Slime Princess aka Katharina Weischede in the ‘Dirty Science’ zone. Get ready for a lot of gooey, sticky, icky, stretchy fun at the dedicated slime making and exploring zone.

If you’re a serious gamer, love video games, love sports and competition, or just love being part of something that’s fun and entertaining in an electric atmosphere – You don’t want to miss this! Come and immerse yourself in the rapidly growing eSports Universe.

Would you know what to do in an emergency? Practice your CPR and find out about our Youth Programme, how to learn First Aid and what it is like to work in Emergency Medicine.

School to Skies is offering young women the chance to spend a week at the Royal New Zealand Air Force camp, to experience pulling apart a plane or picking up a welder for the first time. Come and experience STEM with NZDF.

Build mountains and make it rain. Get interactive with our augmented reality sandbox, create topographical maps and land formations and talk with our engineers and scientists who are working in Geo engineering and environmental sciences!

Set this kinetic sculpture in motion to explore how our decisions affect the world around us. Beautiful cyclic patterns or jumbled chaos? Where is the tipping point?

Join us in an incredible experience walking through Cancer Society’s “colossal colon” (a giant inflatable bowel). Guided by Aspire2 International’s Health Services Management students, you will increase your knowledge about the signs and symptoms of cancer and also learn about healthy lifestyles. This is a very interactive experience and...

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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...

By Debs Begbie New Zealand families brought their curiosity to Tauranga STEMFest to celebrate our city’s first, world-class gathering of innovators, educators, and cutting-edge technologists from the Bay of Plenty and beyond.  Team STEMFest are grateful for the community’s contribution and commitment toward making the 12th October 2019 event...

STEM Challenge Day

Last Wednesday 18th September, I had the absolute privilege of being a STEM Champion and MC at the very first STEM Challenge Day in Tauranga. This STEM Challenge Day was a fringe event of the main Tauranga STEM Festival which will be held on Durham Street on Saturday 12th...

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...


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.