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.
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&
May 10 2016 - 11:35am
@merrillranken we’re looking into it! will get back to you as soon as possible.
May 11 2016 - 10:35am
Check out the list of iPad and iPhone apps our teachers have suggested!
Big thanks to @papaya and @thayamichi!
Mahalo to Edwin from STEM Pre-Academy, Lorna and Brittney from BWS, and Aunties Joni, Anne, and Kehau for coming out yesterday and spending your day supporting the students at Mililani Middle School. They really got a lot out of interacting with you. I even had two students email me over the evening asking which water catchment designs you liked best. Thanks for your support. If there are there any other tips that you folks thought of that might be helpful for us please let me know. Thanks again for everything!!
Feb 22 2016 - 1:40pm
Thank you @jkuwahara for the opportunity to help you with your #rainwatercatchment project. We are looking forward to the final outcome of this project. #engineeringdesignprocess
Feb 22 2016 - 2:31pm