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.
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. Kathy and her team successfully sparked students to write in various genres by providing them an opportunity to create relevant, high level products and share them with a wider audience of their peers. The curriculum developed and implemented boosted student engagement and motivation to all-time heights.
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.
Edwin Colon gave an "Introduction to Water Quality" presentation to go over the technical aspects of the water quality parameters teachers tested that day. 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.
After the presentations, teachers headed out to the stream to to see how a field trip like this could benefit their students, and how they might incorporate it this upcoming school year.
Great list for programming resources for kids (and adults!).
The 2014 HaSTA Conference has begun!
There are a number of great things about this video, but what really stood out for me is this man's ability to teach with such clarity.
For fun, come up with your own explanation as to why dead batteries bounce before you watch. My guess was so very wrong.
Sep 2 2014 - 11:12pm
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The group has a couple great students. I told them if they can dream something up (even if they don't know how to make it happen), I could bring in an engineer to help. Tomorrow will be their last day to dream and get some ideas on paper. Do you think you have any time in the afternoon on Thurs, Fri, or Mon. to come in and discuss their ideas? Period 4 is usually sometime after 12. I can give you the exact times if you think you may be able to possibly come in. Any chance?
Sep 2 2014 - 11:13pm
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Sep 2 2014 - 11:13pm
Aloha @pyerxa, Friday or Monday works. Can you provide and exact time frame on either days to lock it in my calendar? I'm looking forward to see your students ideas!
Sep 3 2014 - 8:49am
Friday would be best. Period 4 on Friday is from 1:43-2:33. If cannot, Monday I have period 4 from 11:22-12:12. Mahalo Nui! BTW, it was perfect when you told them how much you would get paid as an engineer for an hour consult. Gets them thinking. I will make sure they have some ideas sketched out and ready to share with you. Mahalo!
Sep 3 2014 - 9:19am
I will be there Friday at 1:30 pm. If you have some of your student ideas, please send them to better prepare myself for their questions. Mahalo.
Sep 3 2014 - 2:59pm
Gosh, my students are really having a hard time with this. I think I would have been better off just having them focus on the height. Here is what they've got.
Honestly, I thought this group of kids would have more ideas and I'm having trouble with where to lead them. Two HUGE focuses are having a helicopter landing system and also having the rocket launch some type of jet. I showed them the video of the kid that made the helicopter but they did not take to it much.
My hope in you coming is to give them more of an engineers perspective. It's almost impossible to prepare for.
Anything you can help me with would be great. Just having you stop in sparks their ideas.
I showed them these mini solar panels with super small motors I have. Tried to get them to apply that somehow but they did not take to it.
Sep 4 2014 - 3:08pm
Thanks @pyerxa, this gives me an idea of what your students have in mind. I will try to provide some ideas on how to design and build some of them and guide those who still don't know what to do. See you at 1:30pm!
Sep 5 2014 - 10:01am
HIMB would like to announce the continuation of science inquiry education field trip opportunities to the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology. We are currently scheduling reservations for the 2014-2015 school year ending May 2015.
We offer marine science-inquiry based experiential fieldtrips available for high school science classes on the following topics:
Ocean Acidification—using coral skeletons and manipulating pH with CO2 to measure the effects on water hardness and calcium carbonate dissolution.
Bioacoustics—using hydrophones to listen and analyze the sounds of invertebrate interactions.
Fertilization—using collector urchins to test the effects of water quality on fertilization success and embryonic development
@randallshinn Check this alternative for your aquaponics greenhouse and photo-voltaic applications.
Curious if any teachers out there were thinking of using this. It was going to be a September rollout, but now it looks to be coming on 11 Aug!
Aug 6 2014 - 12:30pm
@sbrown, this would be very interesting!
Aug 7 2014 - 6:19am
Agreed! Like a good magic trick, this seems like one of those it's-all-in-how-you-execute-it sort of thing.
Aug 8 2014 - 11:48pm
Does anyone know where I can order a classroom kit of solar car (including panels, balsa wood, gears,etc.)? Would you be able to provide me with the link? Thanks!
Jul 30 2014 - 7:10pm
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I'm sure others will have more informed ideas, but rummaging around I found that Pitsco makes a variety of different models of solar car. More interesting (to me) was that they sold the parts in bulk for classroom use. I'd just never really considered how good an idea that seemed to be. :) This is a link to their amazon page as a whole, but you'll see the cars/car part sets easily. http://amzn.to/1lZBZ4J
Jul 30 2014 - 7:59pm
Jul 30 2014 - 8:13pm
@randallshinn check this two links. This kits are under $20 and include all the parts necessary for the build. (additional cuttings tools may be required)
Aug 1 2014 - 11:53am
@randallshinn I think this option might be a better fit for your request.
Aug 1 2014 - 11:57am
Nice, that's the one I was looking at. Just didn't have the panels. I even found a couple under-$10 cars, but they weren't really build-able in the traditional sense.
Aug 1 2014 - 12:58pm
Thanks and that's awesome!!
Aug 1 2014 - 2:15pm
Glad you liked it. Let me know if you need anything else.
Aug 1 2014 - 2:17pm
Thanks again! I was able to find the parts that I need for this upcoming project
Aug 7 2014 - 6:20am
Aloha @beckymoylan and @gloui, in this thread you can find some of our suggestion to a teacher request on solar car parts and suppliers. Let me know if you have any questions. I hope this help for your future projects!
Aug 21 2014 - 3:24pm
@randallshinn I thought this could help you for your field trip idea or lesson request.
Jul 24 2014 - 2:55pm
see comment on leaf below that goes with this document
Jul 24 2014 - 2:56pm
@pyerxa are this the standards you want to meet during this year? Do you want the project to address this standards?
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