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STEM Pre-Academy

Welcome to the STEM Pre-Academy!

The STEM Pre-Academy fosters inspiration and relevance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics primarily through initiatives, such as teacher workshops, technical focus sessions, and collaborative interaction between middle school teachers and subject matter experts. This teacher-driven multidisciplinary program helps middle school public educators develop and implement research and technology based student curriculum including lessons, activities and projects.

The STEM Pre-Academy is a state-funded program, focused on public middle school teachers in Hawaii.

Latest News

Thoughts on Chromebooks with Logan Newbill

We caught up with Kapa‘a Middle School teacher Thomas “Logan” Newbill recently and asked if he would share his thoughts on Google Chromebook in the classroom. Read more...

Teachers Get Schooled!

On June 22 and 23, 2015, a workshop on the Engineering Design Process in middle schools was held at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Organized by the Hawaii Department of Education, the Office of Naval Research Project and Educational Leadership Program at Chaminade University, and STEM Pre-Academy, the workshop focused on giving teachers a solid foundation for implementing the Engineering Design Process in their classes. Read more...

Visit the new miniblog on Mobile Devices - Mobile Learning!

We've kicked off a new miniblog on this site and hope you’ll join the online conversation to learn more about the various mobile devices that are now inundating the consumer market and some of which are now being used in the classroom.

Nutrition Researcher Speaks to PE Classes

When science and engineering principles collide, the result can be quite practical with far-reaching effect as students at Jarrett Middle School learned in October from UH Jahren Geobiology Laboratory Research Technician, Josh Bostic.

Josh gave a great presentation to 3 PE classes at Jarrett Middle School on the science behind added sugars in the standard American diet. The students learned that making healthy food choices now will help keep their bodies healthy and free of chronic diseases in the future.

Follow-up Mini Workshop: Water Quality Field Trip to Kualoa Ranch

On Saturday, July 26, 2014, teachers from Waipahu Intermediate, Aliamanu Intermediate, Moanalua Middle and Ewa Makai Middle schools met at Kualoa Ranch Educational Center to participate in the STEM Pre-Academy Water Quality Follow-Up Mini Workshop.

Dr. Marek Kirs, a researcher at the University of Hawaii Water Resources Research Center, shared his research data and insight on water quality in the streams and beaches in Hawaii.

Feature Project: iPad Enabled Digital Publishing @ Moanalua Middle School

At Moanalua Middle School, Language Arts teacher Kathy Nagaji and her team piloted a project with students entitled, “iPad Enabled Digital Publishing”. They drew inspiration from the October 2013 iPad workshop co-presented by STEM Pre-Academy, Hawaii Creative Media, and students from Searider Productions, Wai`anae High School.

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lhashimoto: Thanks for sharing @minna! #fablabmodelmaker #math #kalakauamid. Looks like a... Read More...
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Educators are designers too! Checkout the "Design Thinking for Educators" website for their free toolkit, videos, and more.

Design Thinking for Educators
sbrown's picture

Engineering success often hides in failure and new discovery!

lhashimoto's picture

A fun STEM project we were honored to work on with @sueshonu13 and the wonderful students at Jarrett Middle School, and @bosticj from the UH Jahren Lab. Happy summer vacation to all you teachers out there! Thank you for all your hard work, sacrifice, and dedication this school year. @edwinjcolon #sustainability #jarrettmid #jahrenlab

Public school gardens and sustainable health result of UH teamwork
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Aloha, Sharing a fun 6th grade math performance task for students to apply their knowledge of nets, measurement, surface area, and volume utilizing the Fablab Modelmaker and Silhouette cutter . The task involved measuring the dimensions of a small box. (I just looked around the classroom and house and found small boxes for tape, staples, paper clips, Jello, cupcake liners, candy, cards, etc.)

Then, the students had to draw and label the net. Find the surface area and volume. The last step would be to create the box on the Fablab Modelmaker software. Students have fun with this part. It's so rewarding for them to apply their knowledge and skills for a real world task.

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Photo Credit: Minna, Grade 6 Math, Kalakaua Middle School
Jun 2 2015 - 3:44pm

lhashimoto's picture

Thanks for sharing @minna! #fablabmodelmaker #math #kalakauamid. Looks like a fun project!

Jun 3 2015 - 9:15am
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I am a teacher at Jarrett Middle and this year the seventh grade made mini aquaponics systems with one Beta Fish and one plant and @ two liter bottles. It took 7=-10 days to complete and then students collected data the rest of the semester on plant growth and pH levels.

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Photo Credit: Audrey Shiotsu
May 28 2015 - 7:16pm

lhashimoto's picture

@Haengbok That's such a cool engineering design lesson! Thanks for sharing! Any advice you have for teachers that might be interested in doing something like this? #aquaponics #EngDesign

May 29 2015 - 2:26pm

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