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.
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I am so happy with my iPads. The students are using them to create presentations on earthquakes. They are making powerpoints, movies, research reports, pictures, and quizes. The students are also using them for science fair projects. Using the dropbox makes my life so much easier for correcting and printing out their work.
Dec 13 2015 - 3:45pm
That's great! How is Dropbox in comparison with Google Drive? I always wonder which service seems to be better for classroom usage.
Dec 16 2015 - 12:37pm
I haven't used Google Drive, but I think it allows you to edit. Dropbox does not. So I print out the student's paper, make corrections, and have them correct the paper.
Dec 21 2015 - 10:34am
I would like to grow my own fish food for the school aquaponics system. I heard duckweed is a good food. Can I find it around the Island and grow it easily? Any help with this would be great. #aquaponics
Dec 10 2015 - 2:06pm
Dec 10 2015 - 2:35pm
Drones underwater!!!! For the drone lovers in the islands of Hawaii.
Dec 4 2015 - 4:03pm
Dec 9 2015 - 12:43pm
No VGA port? No problem. HDMI to VGA adapter from amazon for $12. Most laptops or tablets don't have VGA ports. I purchase this so I could use the YOGA 12 with my projector. I also had to purchased a Mini HDMI to HDMI adapter (2 pack $7.99) because the YOGA 12 was equipped with a mini HDMI port only. Some laptops has the regular size HDMI ports so you don't need the mini adapter.