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STEMM Fest 2017

The Hutt STEMM Festival (6-21 May) educates, inspires and showcases the region's strengths in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing (STEMM).

We’re running over 50 events as part of the Hutt STEMM Festival.

For more information about the Hutt STEMM Festival and events see

Design a Robot Competition

What does your ideal robot look like? What does it say? What does it do?

Get creative and draw, paint, describe or build your robot and be in to win cool prizes donated by Paper Plus and Friends of Hutt City Libraries.

Open from 1 May to 31 May to all ages. Download the entry form or grab one at your local library.

Stop Motion Animation

Learn how to make a simple stop motion animation and create a short STEMM-themed movie. For ages 5+

Spaces are limited. For more information and to register email

Stokes Valley Pool Meeting Room Thursday 18 May, 7pm-8.15pm
Taita Library Saturday 20 May, 10am-11.30am

Science in Play: Make Your Own Instruments

Come along and unleash your creativity! Join us in making musical instruments using recycled materials. For ages 5+

Spaces are limited. For more information and to register email

Petone Library Sunday 21 May, 2pm-4pm

Movie Screening: Thin Ice

Launched on Earth Day 2013, Thin Ice has had over 200 screenings world-wide covering all seven continents with an overwhelmingly positive response.

Thin Ice shows the huge range of human activity and scientific endeavour going in to understanding Earth’s changing climate.

FREE but spaces are spaces are strictly limited. Register online to secure your spot.

War Memorial Library
Friday 19 May, 6.30pm-8.30pm SOLD OUT
Sunday 21 May, 3pm-5pm SOLD OUT

These screenings are in conjunction with GNS Science and Hutt City Council.

Science Starters

Experiment, explore and engage at hands-on science sessions during the Hutt STEMM Festival with Hutt City Libraries and Hutt Science!

Spaces are limited so arrive early to secure a spot.

Eastbourne Library Thursday 18 May, 3.30pm (Ages 5-12)

Sustainable Living

Chicken Keeping
Natalie Hormann, Sustainability Officer, Hutt City Council.
Fresh eggs, interesting pets, and a sustainable lifestyle! Learn the basics about keeping your own chickens such as choosing a breed, coops and housing, health, eggs and relevant city bylaws.
War Memorial Library Saturday 13 May, 10.30am-11.30am

Fermented & Probiotic Drinks
Sarah Teng, fermentation enthusiast, "Real Food" convert and nutritional scientist in training Not all bacteria is bad for you. Some, such as those in probiotic foods, are great for your health. Learn how to make kombucha and kefir, and learn why they are good for you!
War Memorial Library Saturday 20 May, 2pm-3pm

Planning for our Future: The Science We Need to Know

Particulates and polluters - Air quality issues in the Hutt Valley
Dr Perry Davy, Air Quality Scientist at GNS Science

Harmful air particulates are a leading cause of respiratory disease, and in the Hutt Valley, incidences of poor air quality are evident in some suburbs like Wainuiomata due to high woodburner use in winter. Improved council initiatives are decreasing the incidence of particulate exceedances. But what about people who persist in burning treated timber causing harmful toxins in the air? What about other worrying sources of air particulates around the Hutt Valley?

War Memorial Library Thursday 18 May, 6pm

This talk is part of the GNS Science series ‘Planning for our Future: The Science We Need to Know’. For more information on upcoming talks see What’s On


An hour long monthly group for 9-12 year olds who love reading. They talk about books, explore new ideas and most importantly have fun! During STEMM Festival they’ll focus on STEMM books and activities.

Naenae Library Friday 19 May, 3.45pm

Drone Racing Day

Drone racing is a fast growing sport that pits the skills and reactions of pilots against each other as they race their drones at high speed through a challenging course of gates, bends, slalom, and obstacles.

This is high technology being pushed to the maximum. Get to see what the pilots can see with a display showing the video streams coming from their drones.

This event to showcase the sport will feature talent from Rotorcross NZ and invited others.

Postponed to 28 May if wet or blown out.

In conjunction with Model Flying New Zealand, RotorcrossNZ, and Wellington Model Airplane Club.

Hutt Recreation Ground, Bellvue Road Lower Hutt Saturday 21 May, 10am-3pm