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.
Kapa‘a Middle School Art teacher Julia Sanderl shares her experience using a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 in a traditional art class. Read more...
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...
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.
I am getting ready to teach the visual storytelling. Is there a place to find the handout given at the workshop?
2 days ago
You bet! I'll post all of them, but which session where you interested in? Basic Shots, CAPs, or Sequencing and Editing?
1 day ago
All of them. Thank you.
3 hours ago
Roger! I'll have them posted a bit later today and will let you know!
2 hours ago
Today in the Women in Technology excite camp we used these remote controlled things called Spheros. The design challenge today was to create a water vehicle that was powered by Sphero using given supplies. To be continued...
Jul 1 2016 - 1:03pm
I noticed that a lot more students were involved in the challenge because of the technology involved. There were also different jobs for each of the group members. Like 2 students could be involved in the build of the vehicle and the other 2 could be involved in programing and driving the Sphero.
Jul 1 2016 - 1:04pm
Jun 28 2016 - 8:37pm
Also, Edwin - was going to focus my Engineering class this year on Sustainability and renewable energy. Want to do a boat design challenge but need to purchase a 3-4 motors, shafts, and propellers. Ebay is probably the cheapest. Just not sure exactly what I need and the sizes. If you get a chance can you help me with this?
Also, if you know of any good design challenges with renewable energy can you send them my way please? I was going to do a couple basic ones (like the boat and windmill) but I would like for the main challenge to be something the students generate on their own. Please keep me in mind if you see anything cool. Mahalo
BTW - it wouldn't attach this as a leaf so I had to send it as a comment. Mahalo
Jun 28 2016 - 8:44pm
Has anyone used Google Classroom? I am thinking about trying it this fall.
Jun 9 2016 - 10:42am
@beckymoylan You should definitely give it a try! Google Classroom is a great tool to share information and communicate with your students. Not only can teachers post assignments and announcements, but students can also create posts and comment on posts made by their peers.
If you're already using Google Apps for Education, it's a great way to integrate the various Google Apps like Google Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Slides into your classroom. It also helps to organize and manage student work. (You don’t have to worry about finding the documents that your students share with you, etc.) AND….since students can submit assignments through Google Classroom, you don’t have to worry about getting email messages with huge file attachments. Teachers can see, in real time, which students have completed or not completed work, can check up on student progress, as well as provide feedback and comments on student work.
Remember, though, that all of your students need to have their own Google Apps for Education account (on your school domain) in order to access your Google Classroom.
Good luck!!! :)
Jun 9 2016 - 4:56pm
I came across this nice article published on the ISTE site in 2015 on 3D digital fabrication – including the use of the FabLab ModelMaker software and teaching/learning about surface area. The article also touches upon some of the typical challenges students face when learning about measurement involving 3D solids that I found helpful: https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=283&