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Australian Science Innovations

Can you navigate the world when everything is flipped upside down? Try it with the Upside-Down Goggle Challenge! Also, enjoy the nerdiest chatterboxes around, featuring science questions and funny pun stickers.

Find out about science extension programs, including the Junior Science Olympiads, Australian Science Olympiads, and Curious Minds - Girls in STEM program.

Centre of Excellence for Plant Success, University of Tasmania

Have you considered what you can do, personally and professionally, with drones? Find out how the City of Hobart uses drones, from mapping to thermal imaging, LIDAR to livestreaming of events.

City of Hobart

Have you considered what you can do, personally and professionally, with drones? Find out how the City of Hobart uses drones, from mapping to thermal imaging, LIDAR to livestreaming of events.

Devil Robotics

Interact with robots, including remote-controlled FIRST Tech Challenge robots and LEGO SPIKE Prime robots.

Chat with Devil Robotics about their after-school robotics activities for grade 5-12 students.

Earth Sciences, University of Tasmania

Immerse yourself in short activities to learn amazing things about Tasmanian rocks and minerals. Explore the structure of the Earth, the geological time scale, critical minerals and mining, and the many fields where geoscientists work.

Engineering, University of Tasmania

Put your design skills to the test with our hands-on engineering design challenges. Learn about the role engineers play in society and in developing new technologies.

Engineers Australia

Find out first-hand what skills engineers use to solve problems in their day-to-day work by immersing yourself in a range of kits and board games. Also, find out how drones are used for surveying.

Geography & Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania

See mini drones in action and delve into virtual reality to see how information about our environment can help us tackle complex challenges. Discover how geospatial data, mapping, and geography can tell us about our world and how to sustainably manage it.

Marine Discovery Centre

Delve into the world of marine science and discover how humans impact marine environments. See and touch live marine animals and learn how to identify marine pest species.

nita Education

For more than 50,000 years, the Palawa/Tasmanian Aboriginal people managed and cared for our unique island. Connect with our rich culture, heritage, knowledge and traditions.

Robot Man

Navigate eight Sphero puzzles with Robot Man. You will have the opportunity to solve problems using the STEM concepts of sequencing, predicting, angles, hypothesising, and speed.

Royal Australian Chemical Institute & Chemistry, University of Tasmania

Become a chemical detective and investigate what is the matter. Use chemical fingerprinting through infrared light to find out which white powders match which common drug. You can also play with molecular model kits to explore chemical structures and build known or unknown molecules.

Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation

Explore genetics and discover what genetic traits you have through a fun game of bingo. Get your questions about genetics and biology answered by researchers, and learn about the importance of genetics in medicine and health.

Sustainability Learning Centre

Did you know that EVERYTHING is interconnected? Explore the elaborate web of interconnections between species, the impact of human activities, and how to have a positive impact.

Tasmanian Invertebrate Fossils

Immerse yourself in the world of Tasmanian fossils. Try your hand at removing fossils from rock, and use microscopes and guides to observe and identify fossils.

Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

A healthy pasture (grass) is a vital resource for farmers. Learn how different types of pasture can be used to improve the health of livestock (such as cows and sheep) and also reduce livestock methane emissions.

Get your hands dirty and make your own ‘grass head’ from compostable materials, that you can take home, and watch grow.


Explore Tasmania's energy network through ‘Watts on Wheels’, a unique experience that combines STEAM principles with a focus on renewable energy and energy networks.

As you pedal the specially designed bike, witness the interconnectedness of Tasmania’s energy network and gain a deeper understanding of Tasmania's sustainable power generation.


From the river to the sea – think sustainably! Water and sewerage are TasWater's business, but you have an impact!

Learn about water-friendly gardens and sewer-safe products, and discover some of the issues of sewer treatment. Create take-home tools for sustainable water habits and sewer-friendly behaviours.

Ten Lives Cat Shelter

What do cats really need and want? Design a cat toy, a cat containment run, or a diorama. Using the engineering process (design, imagine, plan, create and improve), you can ensure cats receive proper care while reducing their environmental impact.

Young Tassie Scientists, University of Tasmania

Enjoy hands-on activities and demonstrations with the Young Tassie Scientists, an all-star cast of university scientists. Be inspired by their passion for science as you question, explore, and learn about the world around you.

Festival of Bright Ideas acknowledges the palawa people as the original and traditional custodians of lutruwita/ Tasmania. We commit to working respectfully to honor the achievements of the palawa people as Tasmania's first scientists and engineers, living and working sustainably on this land.

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