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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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spramento: @pyerxa Hi Paige, Do you mean to put 8/31 through 9/9? Just want to make sure I... Read More...
spramento: @perrxa Definitely! I'll have them prepared. Read More...
pyerxa: Sorry Shawn - I need them from 8/24-10/2. Can you change that for me please?... Read More...
pyerxa: How about Thursday @ 2:30 or later? What time is good for you? Read More...
spramento: Hi @pyerxa, We receive your request for 10 MakeyMakeys. I noticed that you put... Read More...
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@spramento
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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@pyerxa

Hi Paige,

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


-Shaun

Aug 22 2016 - 10:21am
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@spramento
Aloha Edwin & Shawn - My principal is giving us some money for supplies for our EDP class. My class topic is renewable energy & sustainability. I need to get a PO started for supplies and have a few questions.
Shawn - I know you work with the solar sprint. I was going to order 5 junior solar sprint kits. We are not going to enter the solar sprint but we are going to make recycled cars and boats from them. I know the kids will need gears and possibly extras. Would you suggest I order anything along with the kits? What would you suggest? http://www.solarmade.com/store/category/junior-solar-sprint

Aug 8 2016 - 7:27pm

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@spramento

Edwin - I know you are busy but looking for shafts & propellers so we can do a design challenge turning the solar panels for the sprint into boats. Did you have any luck on where the best place is to order these and which ones you think would be best for the solar sprint solar panels? Is there such thing as a waterproof motor. Actually, if not, part of the challenge could be to waterproof the boat. Do you think the motors that come with the solar sprint are suffice or should I order different ones.


Basically what I'm looking for is:

What I should order if I want to do 2 design challenges for 5 groups?

1. A solar car challenge

2. A solar boat challenge


I need to get a PO requested by next week. Is there any way you can help me with this?

Aug 8 2016 - 7:28pm
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@pyerxa,


I have checked all my websites for remote control equipment and couldn't find an assortment of propellers to fit your project. I do have a few options for you. Are you available to meet and discuss this option? This Thursday or Friday after school? Let me know.

Aug 9 2016 - 8:32am
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How about Thursday @ 2:30 or later? What time is good for you?

Aug 10 2016 - 11:45am
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@spramento
ALoha Shawn - can I please reserve 10 makey makey's for the week of 9/24 - 10/2? If I go to the site to order them I can't reserve them. Just want to make sure they're not out then or I will borrow them earlier. Sent out a few responses but all I got back was giving me the place to order them. Can I reserve them?

Aug 8 2016 - 7:10pm

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Aloha @pyerxa,


We will check the availability of the makey makeys for that date and get back to you. If available, we will reserve them for you. @sbrown can you help Paige with her problem reserving the Makey Makey's online?

Aug 9 2016 - 8:29am
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Hi @pyerxa,

Here is the link to the MakeyMakeys page for request:
http://stempreacademy.hawaii.edu/resources/browse/MakeyMakey-Designer-Kit

Are you able to request 10 MakeyMakeys from there? If so, click on the "Your Resource Request Cart" on the left side bar to take out to our checkout page to finalize the order.

Let me if you have any other questions. Thank you.

Aug 9 2016 - 9:39am
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Hi @pyerxa,


We receive your request for 10 MakeyMakeys. I noticed that you put your request for 8/24 - 9/2 but from your leaf here, you want to borrow them for 9/24-10/2. Can you confirm which is the correct date? Thank you.

Aug 9 2016 - 10:28am
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Sorry Shawn - I need them from 8/24-10/2. Can you change that for me please? Mahalo!

Aug 10 2016 - 4:06pm
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@perrxa

Definitely! I'll have them prepared.

Aug 15 2016 - 11:58am
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@edwinjcolon
@spramento
Aloha gentlemen - I have sent you a few leaves but never got a response. Just checking to see what was up.
Please email me @ paige_yerxa@notes.k12.hi.us Mahalo

Aug 1 2016 - 5:28pm

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Aloha @pyerxa - Thanks for posting your leaves. Im looking into a few options for your EDP challenge for this school year (motors, shafts, propellers and waterproofing methods). I will send you my findings soon.

We don't have Spheros in our library of resources but we are evaluating them with your idea in mind. I will keep you updated on this two topics.


Mahalo

Aug 1 2016 - 5:39pm
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beckymoylan

I am getting ready to teach the visual storytelling. Is there a place to find the handout given at the workshop?

Jul 26 2016 - 10:37am

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admin

You bet! I'll post all of them, but which session where you interested in? Basic Shots, CAPs, or Sequencing and Editing?

Jul 27 2016 - 12:42pm
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beckymoylan

All of them. Thank you.

Jul 28 2016 - 12:38pm
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Roger! I'll have them posted a bit later today and will let you know!

Jul 28 2016 - 1:39pm
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Hi again, the presentation files have been posted and I zipped them all up for you, as well. They can be grabbed here:


http://bit.ly/2ay0gQQ

Aug 2 2016 - 11:27am

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