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University of Tasmania, Centre of Excellence for Plant Success

Discover what's actually going on inside leaves and how water moves around plants with our fun & interactive activities.

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Mathematical Games

University of Tasmania, Mathematics

Come and puzzle over some mathematically inspired games with our lovely Maths and Physics PhD students.


Forests - more than just trees!

Forest Education Foundation & Forest Practices Authority

Investigate our sample specimens that highlight the special values of our forests including soil, rocks and plant cuttings. View camera footage used by ecologists to study birds and mammals and draw detailed sketches of a Wedge-tailed eagle specimen. Explore our 'Forest in a Box' showcasing innovation and design in wood.


Volcanoes and dinosaurs!

University of Tasmania, Earth Sciences

Learn about different lava viscosities and their hazards and take a walk with a life-size dinosaur!

Photo Credit: United States Geological Survey


One Stop Science Teacher Stop

Science Teachers Association of Tasmania (STAT)

See the exciting things science teachers get up to and explore the science competitions on offer!

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Digital Eyes See Deeper

Hydro Tasmania

Immerse yourself in our technology! We use it to generate electricity safely and efficiently and protect our aquatic environments.

Photo credit: Sean Gottschling


STEAM with Hobart College

Hobart College

Interact and engage with a wide variety of creations by Hobart College STEAM students.

Photo credit: Hobart College.


The weirdness of waste and the treasure of trash

Resource Work Cooperative

Explore the recovery, reuse and recycling of precious materials and goods from waste before they end up in landfill forever.

Photo credit: Lisa Cawthen


Tiny Science Lab

Tiny Science Lab Pty Limited

Real Chemistry Experiments with the amazing Tiny Science Lab Chemistry Sets


Build robots. Have fun!

Devil Robotics

Come and learn about remote-controlled FIRST Tech Challenge robots and LEGO SPIKE Prime robots.


Forests - more than just trees

Forest Education Foundation

Investigate what makes a forest special–from the plant and animals that call it home, to the soil found beneath the forest floor.


Animal Husbandry

Dominic College

Interact with and touch live animals - cuddle a bunny! Come say hi to the Dominic College students from the animal husbandry program, who will be there to answer questions and introduce you to the animals that they look after.


Young Tassie Scientists

Young Tassie Scientists

Find out what scientists really do! Meet local researchers and test out our hands-on activities for all ages.

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Wild detectives

University of Tasmania, Biological Sciences

Who, when, where? Three techniques for catching and studying animals.

Photo credit: Rob Wiltshire


Krillin' it with the Australian Antarctic Program

Australian Antarctic Division

Antarctic krill are a ‘keystone’ species of the Southern Ocean. They convert energy from the sun into food for other animals.

Photo credit: Pete Harmsen/Australian Antarctic Division


Use mirrors to see the elements in our sun!

University of Tasmania, Physics

Aligning two mirrors in the sun, observe the resulting spectrum! What causes the spectrum? Identify the prominent absorption lines, and which elements cause them.

Photo Credit: Ziggy Schulz

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The Fabric of Spacetime

University of Tasmania, Physics

A hands-on introduction to General Relativity and the concept of gravity.

Image Credit: T. Pyle/Caltech/MIT/LIGO Lab



Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Join TMAG staff for a look at glass in nature and explore how people have utilised the special properties of glass across millennia.

Photo credit: TMAG


Formula SAE, an inter-university design and build competition

UTAS Motorsport Team

Come and see the electric race car made by the motorsports team and a race car simulator.


Why you should love bugs

Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

Explore the colourful, wild and wacky world of insects, what they do in nature, and how they help feed us!

Photo credit: Mengyong Lim

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The TasWater lab


Microscopes, the glass windows into the otherwise unseen. In our labs beakers, bottles and burettes made of glass, help us keep you safe!

Photo credit: Kate Beard, TasWater


Chemical fingerprinting of different white powders

University of Tasmania, Royal Australian Chemical Institute

Different chemicals will give unique fingerprints when shining infrared light onto them. Which white powders will match which common drug?

Photo credit: James Horne


Transportation problem

University of Tasmania, Physics

During a zombie apocalypse, a farmer needs to transport a fox, a sheep, and his corn across a bridge to a safe zone - but he only has five minutes...

Can you help the farmer by finding the most feasible solution to his problem?

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Drones and augmented reality sandpit: tackling complex environmental challenges

University of Tasmania, School of Geography, Planning and Spacial Sciences

Information about our environment is becoming ever more critical as we make decisions about how to adapt to changing climate, tackle the biodiversity crisis, coastal threats and other complex challenges. Come and learn how geographers and spatial scientists collect information to better understand and manage both natural and constructed environments. We have an augmented reality sandpit for you to model future landscapes and see what rising sea levels might affect our coastlines. Fly our mini-drones over the Little Penguin colony in Sandy Bay and help make decisions about how to protect this urban colony.

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Science Communicators Initiative

Science Communicators Initiative (SCI)

Explore the world of Ecology with invertebrates and learn about different environmental compositions!


Let's get hands-on with solar power!

Tasmanian Model Solar Challenge

Come and learn a little bit more about the School Solar Car Challenge and discover the STEM behind these mini solar powered vehicles.

Photo credit: TMSC


Indigenous Knowledge

nita Education

Learn how we make tools from natural materials to assist hunting and preparing of foods and fibres

Photo credit: Trish Hodge


the Amazing ROBOT Race

Hobart Hackerspace

Hobart hackerspace is pleased to present a collection of technology based activities to see, do and experience, something for all ages.


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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