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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

New Technology in a Traditional Art Class

Kapa‘a Middle School Art teacher Julia Sanderl shares her experience using a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 in a traditional art class. Read more...

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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sbrown: Thanks, Peter! You had mentioned that you were using the same graph for... Read More...
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Students playing around with the bongos with bananas on the Makey Makey

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Photo Credit: Mr. Yin Period 6 Elective class.
kauluwela's picture

6th graders were trying out the Pasco Pasport motion sensor and Pasco Blue Tooth interface with the ipad app Match Graph. They had fun trying to stay on the line. I used the ipad 2 and I was having trouble with the app. There was always a 1 to 2 second delay and it would crash a few times and restarted the ipad device. I'm running ios 8.2 and the requirements are ios 8.0 or later. So it's probably the processor or ram. I think it's the ram, Ram size on the ipad 2 is only 512mb vs. 1gb on the Ipad 3. So you should be fine running it on ipad 3rd generation and on.....

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Photo Credit: 6th Grade Kalakaua Middle School Mr. Yin's Computer Class
Sep 28 2015 - 1:48pm

sbrown's picture

Thanks, Peter! You had mentioned that you were using the same graph for multiple students--you might try to reduce the number of students and see if that helps?

Sep 28 2015 - 3:07pm
edwinjcolon's picture

This is a good idea for space related activity with your students. Description: Challenger Center Hawai‘i (CCHI) opened its doors in April of 1993 with the goal of educating and inspiring children to develop fundamental skills while engaging in space explorations. As part of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, CCHI consistently delivers an exciting space simulation experience where students are given the opportunity to solve real-world problems as they explore the wonders of deep space.Teachers lead students in six to eight weeks of classroom preparation, culminating in the hands-on application of knowledge and critical thinking on Mission Day. #space @randallshinn

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We do not allow check out for overnight use. In fact, we do not allow ipads out of the classroom, but do share ipads across 4 classrooms/teachers. The rolling pelican cases work well for transport from one room to another. Thanks admin for summary on restrictions.

beckymoylan's picture

@loriejavier Thank you for sharing. What kind of restrictions did you put on them? I don't believe I can let them check out for overnight use in our neighborhood.

Sep 16 2015 - 5:20pm

sbrown's picture

Our basic setup for the iPads includes base content filters (no explicit language, no profanity from Siri, etc.) and some other basic protections (no purchases, no using the fingerprint detection, etc).

On top of all of that, we have the ability to push out new restrictions as needed. For example, if the students are spending too much time on, we can send instructions to the iPads to start blocking that. Once we send the instruction, the iPad will update itself the next time it connects to the internet.

It's quite amazing how much (or how little) control you can exert over the devices.

Sep 17 2015 - 4:34pm

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