Hands-on science and technology

Our 2022 Exhibits

South Australian Museum

SA Museum staff and scientists are on hand to help you learn what it’s like to work at the Museum. Come and explore the wonderful world of insects large and small with specimens from our collections to look at with lenses and microscopes. Learn about the amazing new citizen science project Insect Investigators; Scientists and schools, coming together to discover Australia’s biodiversity.

Green Adelaide - answer this question challenge

Green Adelaide have developed a series of science curriculum-related activities for students to engage with prior to attending STEM Day Out. Options are provided for each Year Level to serve as preparation for optimising the experience the team will be providing. Students are encouraged to bring their work to be displayed and voted on with a winner and announced in each category.

Botanic Gardens of South Australia

For the first time at Science Alive! the Botanic Gardens of South Australia has a mission of connecting people with plants. Come and meet the education team and learn about different career pathways in a botanic garden, get hands on with some botanical activities and engage your senses with some of our plant life!


In this is the age of information & technology, photos can be more than just nice pictures of wildlife to collect, they can be a measure of Species Diversity, an indicator of habitat disruption & a positive tool to verify regeneration. QuestaGame hopes to empower the Students of the World to help our native Wildlife and to start all they need to do is take photos.

Southern Launch

Southern Launch is launching SA to space! With two dedicated launch facilities, Southern Launch is leading the way for rockets to launch into polar and sun synchronous orbits around right here from SA. Come and meet the team of rocket scientists to learn about different career paths into the space industry. Our experts will also be on hand to help you build your own air-propelled rocket!

Makers Empire

Makers Empire is Adelaide made and the only 3D design software made for primary and middle school students. Designs can be used in 3D printing, virtual reality, and augmented reality. Makers Empire gives primary and middle school teachers the tools, skills and resources to confidently teach the Design & Technology curriculum and engage students in authentic, real-world problem solving.


At SABRN Tech, we will have two types of remote-controlled vehicles that will be transporting a Patient Retrieval Pod - this will be a concept for future provision of health support in military and civilian scenarios by advanced medical capability payloads that are transported on unmanned vehicles, with the medics inside provided with advanced diagnostic, monitoring and therapeutic capabilities.

Historical Radio Society of Australia

The Historical Radio Society of Australia has some 1100 members who appreciate vintage valve and transistor radios from the early 1900s to current technology. No technical knowledge or previous experience is required. If you like old radios, we can help you make an impressive collection.

Society of Petroleum Engineers

Why is a rock like a sponge? What is carbon capture and storage? Ask one of our members to find out! Discover some of the science behind the petroleum industry while trying out our hands-on experiments.

Inspire STEM Education

Discover a whole new world of curiosities! Use a scanning electron microscope to help you see bugs, leaves and flowers up close and personal. What the topic or interest, experiencing nanotechnology will open up an incredible new world. Don't miss out on this hands on experience that is bound to blow you mind!

Hackerspace Adelaide

Do you love all forms of technology, electronics, programming, 3D printing, modifying tech and building stuff? Then you'll love what our members have been up to! We have a life size K9, retro video games, 3D printers, air cannon and lots of other creations.


Get in the driver’s seat of the Formulae SAE vehicle built by our engineering students in the UniSA Motorsport Student Club. Chat about design and build processes and how industry sponsorships have supported the club’s growth.

VR Zone

An exciting and interactive space where visitors can discover how Virtual Reality can be used not only in the gaming world but to deliver immersive learning opportunities for students of all ages. Discover firsthand how VR consolidates learning and strengthens knowledge retention, through captivating and engaging experiences – ways not possible with books, pictures or videos.

Andy Thomas Space Foundation (ATSF)

The Andy Thomas Space Foundation (ATSF), is dedicated to supporting the education and outreach goals of the Australian national space program. Named in honour of Australian born and educated NASA astronaut, Dr Andrew Thomas AO, we aim to make space accessible for all. Come down and have a chat to our friendly team about your next step to a career in space!

Lockheed Martin

We have many interactive displays presenting some of our industry leading projects and the engineering behind them. One of these displays is our professional flight simulators showcasing Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft including the famous F-35, MH-60K Black Hawk and many more!

Micro X

Micro-X’s engineering expertise is on display, showcasing the reduction in size and weight of a CNT x-ray tube when compared to a conventional x-ray tube. The team will also have their Rover on display - a full performance, digital, mobile medical x-ray imager! Visitors are able to experience the maneuverability, flexibility & extreme mobility of the product and ask questions of the team.

Bresser Junior

Meet the team from Bresser Junior! Expand your horizon and get hands on with their amazing microscopes, metal detectors, binoculars and interactive globes as you try to spot hidden items around the pavilion!

Australian Space Discovery Centre

Landing at STEM Day Out for the first time, the Australian Space Discovery Centre aims to inspire the next generation of the space workforce with stories of innovation, curiosity and technology. Meet the real people of the space industry and immerse yourself in hands-on activities that are out of this world!


Have you ever wondered how we remove salt from sea water? Did you know that desalinating a litre of sea water costs about the same in energy terms as the cost of electricity required to run a kitchen appliance such as a bar fridge, for an hour! Join the Osmoflow team of engineers and technicians to learn about the ever developing and incredible solutions to complex water treatment projects.

SA Water

Visit the SA Water team for an interactive look at what not to flush! It’s simple - if it’s not (toilet) paper, pee or poo, do not flush it down the loo. Learn amazing facts about SA Water’s sewer cleaning program, how water travels around SA and see their museum of gross things that have been flushed down the loo! You can also experience a VR headset and talk tech with SA Water engineers.

Oliphant Science Awards

Providing opportunity to explore, participate & engage in science. The Oliphant Science Awards is an annual competition for South Australian school students that aims to support, encourage and celebrate science education within South Australian schools. The competition is open to students in Reception to year 12 and includes a range of categories to suit a wide variety of abilities and interests.


We are a festival of ideas that, by making use of the government data available to the public, create projects that better our lives and communities. We invite creative individuals to challenge themselves, explore their skills and be part of the response to challenging problems ... empower - enable - connect

Soapbox Science

No middle man, no PowerPoint slide, no amphitheatre; just remarkable women and non-binary scientists who are there to amaze you with their latest discoveries, & to answer the science questions you have been burning to ask. Enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe & interact with 4 amazing scientists. Speakers will pop up in various locations throughout the day, between 10:30am & 1:20pm.

Scientific Expedition Group

At the Scientific Expedition Group’s exhibit learn how a mammal and reptile trap-line works on a biological survey. You can also learn about the importance of ants in the natural world and find and count elusive stick insects in their natural habitat.

Astronomical Society of SA

Visit us for interactive activities; tour the solar system, view the surface of the sun or solve a deep space mystery. The Astronomical Society of South Australia is the oldest society of its kind in Australia. It is the only representative body for amateur astronomy in SA. A must experience for budding astronomers of all ages.

Student Robotics Club of SA/Robo Roos

The Student Robotics Club of SA are joining us again to share their common interest of robots! Come and operate their lego robot challenge table or try your hand at the Tech Challenge field. Young STEM learners will love the robotics competition on offer!

Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology

Who doesn’t love food? Discover the importance of food with The Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology! With a range of unique displays and engaging activities you will understand the science and technology behind your food. Come and visit to uncover everything food from food science, technology and engineering to nutrition and everything in between!

Bionic Learning Network

Neuplex will take you through the curious world of tiling puzzles. You'll be able to solve puzzles or you can challenge yourself to create NEW puzzles & patterns. While tiling puzzles are fun for kids & students, Neuplex will also provide tips and tricks for teachers to design learning activities to help engage and challenge students. Come and put your puzzle solving skills to the test at Neuplex!

Seismological Association of Australia Inc

Earthquakes can make buildings fall down and set off landslides. Would you like to understand the Earth’s shakes, rattles and rolls? Say hi to the volunteers at the Seismological Association of Australia exhibit and witness real time live feeds of earthquakes occurring around the South Pacific. You may even get to feel the effects of an earthquake on city buildings!

South Australian Lego Users Group

Come and see members of the South Australian Lego user group and their creations. There will be moving parts, educational learning and mind blowing creations. Guaranteed to please both young and old.


Explore lasers and discover how we detect black holes and gravitational waves. Explore space in our VR headsets. Chat with our researchers and PhD students about careers in astrophysics. Space iPad games for the younger audience, plus stickers and fun sheets to giveaway.

Tutor Doctor

'We meet our students where they are, to get them where they need to go'. Supporting your child on their learning journey and inspiring them to reach their full potential is how we roll! Meet with us and let us demonstrate just how we open minds to the amazing world of learning.

Australian Society for Medical Research

"The ASMR is the peak professional society representing Australian health and medical research." Visit our informative and interactive display aimed at every enthusiastic mini scientist. We'll share a variety of information from science careers and STEM pathways to human anatomy models, puzzles, a collection of test tubes, specimen jars, beakers, pipetting skills and bacteria.

Nutrition Society of Australia

Let us inspire and empower healthy eating in your world. Join us to learn about the digestive system, play games to create a healthy lunch box or guess the names of unusual fruit and vegetables. We’ll be sharing all things food and kids to make nutrition fun!

Adelaide Rover Team

Adelaide Rover Team is a passionate multidisciplinary team of students at the University of Adelaide designing, building, and competing lunar rovers for the Australian Rover Challenge. Come talk to us and see just what we are up to!

Mars Society

On Mars, rovers have been searching for evidence of water and are seeking signs of ancient life. Rovers will be used to support humans who live and work on Mars. Visit our stand and test your skill driving a ‘rover’ on a designed Martian landscape.