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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.

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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.

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.

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edwinjcolon: Hi @pyerxa, I can Skype call you tomorrow or Friday at lunch time to go over... Read More...
edwinjcolon: You are welcome! I talked to @arielvillanueva from Kapolei Middle School and... Read More...
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pyerxa: That first document is crazy.
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pyerxa's picture

Aloha Edwin - I am having such a hard time calibrating the Pasco sensors. I found some simple water kits that test turbidity, pH, temp., DO but the problem is they are not precise. I don't know much about water quality or filters and am working with other students as well on their Science Fair projects. My student comes in every day at lunch to work on her project because she does not have a computer at home. I just can't help her that much without going out and doing a whole bunch of research myself. If you get time in the next few days, would you be able to stop in or Skype us? Lunch is from 12:12 to 12:45 on M, T, Th, F. Mahalo

Dec 9 2014 - 7:46pm

edwinjcolon's picture

Hi @pyerxa, I can Skype call you tomorrow or Friday at lunch time to go over the process of calibrating the sensors. Hope your student is able to use the fill able filter housing I give you today. Mahalo

Dec 10 2014 - 6:30pm
randallshinn's picture

@edwinjcolon ... thank you for coming down to Ilima to help set up the aquaponic system with my students.

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Nov 25 2014 - 10:31am

edwinjcolon's picture

You are welcome! I talked to @arielvillanueva from Kapolei Middle School and he agreed to share some of his tilapia for your system. Let me know if you need anything else.

Nov 25 2014 - 12:34pm
pyerxa's picture

Aloha Edwin - students are doing science fair projects. I have 1 student who is trying to figure out how to make the best water filter. We were discussing how she would measure the final product. She then said "I wish I could talk to this engineer who came in during our engineering day". I let her know that I knew you and would check to see if you might possibly be able to talk to her. Her eyes lit up. She has been working very hard and I know would benefit from talking to a professional (unlike the 2 boys last year who acted interested but didn't follow through). Would you be willing to speak with her? If so, would email or phone be better? Mahalo!

kauluwela's picture

For apple or android devices.

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Nov 6 2014 - 6:41am

lhashimoto's picture

Thanks for sharing @kauluwela! Free MS Office on iPads would be really helpful. We're going to test it out on one of ours shortly @sramento.

Nov 7 2014 - 10:36am
sbrown's picture

NPR has started a year-long series on 50 Great Teachers. Worth a listen!

50 Great Teachers: Socrates, The Ancient World's Teaching Superstar  : NPR Ed : NPR

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