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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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I am in need of more fish for my aquaponics system at school. I thought that it may be best to try tilapia that were born in captivity, since my wild ones keep dying. If anyone has any contacts where I could get some of these on Kauai please respond. I am also having trouble keeping them alive. Last year went well but i just had 20 fish die one by one for the last month. They seemed aggressive and the dead ones were missing many scales. #aquaponics

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The fine folks at MakeyMakey are giving away 123 of their product to teachers. This is on a first-come-first-served basis. The giveaway starts Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016, at 12pm EST. Good luck!

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Anyone know someone doing cancer research? One of my students would like to do a science fair project on cancer because she had someone pass away from cancer and has another family member that's just been diagnosed. Thank you!

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Question regarding radiation sensors. Does STEM Pre-Academy have any? What are different ways that we can measure radiation emission?

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Aloha Shawn - I think I checked the makey makeys out for this week. Can I please change the check out dates to 8/31 through 8/9?

Aug 22 2016 - 10:10am

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Hi Paige,

Do you mean to put 8/31 through 9/9? Just want to make sure I get the correct dates. Thank you!


Aug 22 2016 - 10:21am
pyerxa's picture

Shaun - I know I keep changing the dates for these Makey Makeys and it makes your job harder but I need to put the date off one last time. I need to begin training the students for challenger center and will do that for the rest of the quarter.

1. Can I change the dates to October 17-21 please?

2. If so, would you like me to reserve them again on this website?

Again, I apologize!

Aug 26 2016 - 8:22am

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