Tauranga STEM Festival

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A world class festival

A family event for curious people of all ages. Designed to engage and inspire a new generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.



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.


What did we get up to in 2019?

Saturday 12th October 2019 saw us close down a block in Tauranga's CBD to host the inaugural STEMFest. Here are a few of the highlights.

More than just a one day festival…

2020 STEM Initiative is a year programme of STEM activations and engaging events, culminating in a celebratory Festival of STEM closing down a block of 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. Delivering ‘entertaining STEM’ with a student matinee followed by a public evening event in the evening.

Three events throughout the year.

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.

Registration open soon for schools and community groups in the Bay of Plenty.

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Want to get involved?

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

Look at all the exciting exhibitors we had at 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...

Meet our amazing main sponsors for 2019

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

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.

Community Powered

STEMFest is run and organised by a group dedicated Individuals who have volunteered well over 10,000+ hours in 2019 to get the inaugural event 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.

Donate securely via paypal. Your kind donations will go into STEM Wana Trust a registered charity.


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.

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.