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It is with great disappointment that the Board of STEM Wana Trust are reluctantly announcing the cancellation of Tauranga STEM Festival (STEMFest) on the 5th December 2021.  After months and months of work by the STEMFest project team and the initial postponement from our original October date, we have...

A big thanks to all those who attended our STEM in the Community events over the October 2021 school holidays. Our team really enjoyed travelling around to different locations in the Bay of Plenty and meeting all our STEM friends. We would also like to extend a huge thanks...

Tauranga STEM Festival is proud to present another STEM in the Community event during the October school holidays. Tuesday 5th October 2021 at 08:30am at University of Waikato, Tauranga Campus. Durham Street. Want to know what it’s like to work in STEM? Curious about how other people started their...

October School Holiday STEM Activities Introducing STEM in the Community for 8-12 year olds STEM in the Community is our outreach project held in locations across the Bay of Plenty, where we bring together amazing STEM content providers, smart venues and enthusiastic children and tamariki. Each location is run as...

Tauranga STEM Festival 2021 originally planned for 3rd October 2021, has secured a new alternative date later on in the year. This year’s event will be held on Sunday 5th December 2021. The team have continued to work during the latest lockdown and with the support of Tauranga City...

Due to the unknown nature of the situation with the COVID-19 lockdown, the Board of STEM Wana Trust have discussed our options for this year’s Tauranga STEM Festival (STEMFest) 2021. After much deliberation and discussion, it is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the postponement of STEMFest...

STEM Wana Trust/Tauranga STEM Festival (STEMFest) will operate under the guidelines for Alert Levels 1-4 provided by the New Zealand government. Full details of which can be found here: https://covid19.govt.nz/activities/public-events-and-entertainment/ Our team will also be working closely with Tauranga City Council events team, as well as community groups and...

Thursday 12th August 2021 saw sponsors, friends, and media gather at Basestation and Tinkd Makerspace for the official STEMFest 2021 launch. The Board of STEM Wana Trust and organising team were delighted to share our exciting highlights for STEM in the Community and STEMFest on 3rd October 2021. It...

This year the organising team wanted our talented STEM whānau to help us come up with a superhero mascot for STEMFest 2021 that solves an environmental problem using STEM superpowers. Entries came in from young people across Tauranga and during the July school holidays we also hosted a special...

Expect experiments and explosions as the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics festival STEMFest returns, promising an even bigger and better event for 2021. The inaugural Tauranga STEM Festival (STEMFest) in 2019 attracted 3,500 visitors from across New Zealand. The event also scooped the TECT Community Awards for Event Excellence...

Natalie will be our official representative for STEMFest and doing social media takeovers and will be sharing all the plans and exciting news in the build up to STEMFest in October. Natalie is a marine biologist, doing a PhD on marine ecology and is a Doctoral Assistant at the...

Natalie will be our official representative for STEMFest and doing social media takeovers and will be sharing all the plans and exciting news in the build up to STEMFest in October. Natalie is a marine biologist, doing a PhD on marine ecology and is a Doctoral Assistant at the...

During the school holidays 19th April – 2nd May 2021, we invited our families to take part in the STEM Explorer Trail in Tauranga’s CBD. We had reports of lots of STEM explorers enjoying the activity and getting out and about. There was a very special stop at Craniums...

Made by our community, for our community The STEM Explorer Trail was designed, developed and produced by the participants in the Youth Dev Challenge programme which ran for 12 weeks, as part of the 2020 STEM Initiative. Families and teams are invited to take part in an interactive explorer...

Family Event: Saturday 17th July 2021 Create a Mascot Superhero that will solve an environmental problem using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) superpower. Design a superhero STEM mascot (on A4 paper). Give your mascot a STEM superpower that will solve an environmental problem. Give your mascot a superhero...

TECT Community Awards Recognise Inaugural Festival Held in October 2019 TAURANGA, NZ – 26 JUNE, 2020 — TECT Community Awards have announced Tauranga STEM Festival (STEMFest) as the winner of the Event Excellence Award.  The Festival was the first-ever community driven STEM event to be held in New Zealand....

By Qi-Wern Lim – STEM Champion / Aspiring TeacherPublished Last Wednesday 6th May 2020 I was lucky enough to get to chat with Chris Lintott along with Alyssa Minshall and student ambassadors Micaela, Thomas, Anthony, Michael and Elliot from Otumoetai College. This talk was the first event in the Conversations in STEM series and...

We have ‘byte’ packets to suit all budgets whether you are a multinational organisation or just a lover and supporter of STEM.  Packages start from just $500. We’re also happy to discuss customised packages, just get in touch! 2020 STEM Initiative is about celebrating and showcasing STEM, in particular...

The STEMFest Elves have been busy working on a STEMFestive experience for STEM lovers of all ages. We have two awesome events for your diary… Saturday 14th December – 11am to 2pm If you missed out on attending STEMFest this year, or if you just want to re-live the...

“An outrageous success!” — Professor Chris Battershill, Coastal Marine Field Station.New Zealand Herald. WOW. What an amazing STEMFest that was! One week on and things are still very busy at HQ (no time to rest) while we start collecting and analysing all of the data, information, and feedback to...

The last debate of the STEM Debate Series, sponsored by Zespri International, was held on Monday at Zespri’s shiny new headquarters in Mount Maunganui. Zespri were our hosts for the evening and had arranged a ‘Presidential-style’ debate which saw two teams of four pitted against each other in 8...

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...

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.