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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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Khtierney's picture

Aloha Edwin,
My students are interested in learning about Wave technology as a source of harnessing energy. For the Science Fair, the students will need to come up with a problem and solve the problem. I am wondering if you have any suggestions for what specifically we might explore?

22 hours ago

edwinjcolon's picture

Aloha @Khtierney

Thanks for posting your question. Before i answer your question i want to check with a colleague what are the needs in this area. specially for Hawaii. I'll get back to you as soon as possible.



#waveenergy #susteinability #EDP

20 hours ago
jason_akamine's picture

Aloha Edwin,
I have a student that is working on an science fair engineering project that deals with water turbines and generating electricity in a hydroponic system. Would you have any information leading to types of water turbines, designs or even literature about this subject matter as he is thinking about making models of the designs using a 3-D printer. Any information will be helpful. Thanks.

Sep 21 2016 - 3:56pm

edwinjcolon's picture

Aloha @jason_akamine,

Thanks for your post. Your student sure have a nice imagination for engineering projects. Here are a few link that will help your student start the project.

- Literature of different designs of water turbines and their applications: ( Big scale and higher vocabulary)

- Pelton turbine 3D drawings for printing:

- Open turbine design:

- Sample video:

I you want to test with a kit first, SPA have a Hydropower Energy Kit available to loan from the Teacher resources section. Here is the link :

I hope this helps your student. Feel free to contact us if you need more info or coordinate a meeting.



#3Dprinting #EDP #hydropower

Sep 21 2016 - 6:38pm
edwinjcolon's picture


This is the list of sensors available to measure light:
1. Vernier Light Sensor - qty.4
2. PASCO Light Sensor - qty.4
3. PASCO UV Light Sensor - qty.3
4. PASCO IR Light Sensor - qty.3
5. PASCO Light Sensor - qty.4
6. Hydrofarm Quantum PAR Light meter - qty.1

We also just acquired 3 PASCO light spectrometers and elements lamps.

Let me know if you need help deciding which sensor fit you best.

edwinjcolon's picture

Great opportunity for students, teacher and school.
The 2016 Breakthrough Junior Challenge is an annual competition for students aged 13-18, from countries across the globe. Challenge: Create and submit an original video (5 minutes max) that brings to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics, or mathematics. The submissions are judged on the student’s ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in the most engaging, illuminating, and imaginative ways.
One winner is recognized every year and awarded a $250,000 college scholarship. The teacher who inspired the winning student receives a $50,000 prize. The winner’s school also receives a state-of-the art science lab valued at $100,000.
More info in the link below.

pyerxa's picture

Aloha Shaun - can you please send me that Makey Makey electric circuits lab when u get a chance? Mahalo

Sep 2 2016 - 4:45pm

spramento's picture


Hi Paige,

Here's the Google Drive link for the MaKey MaKey Simple Circuit Cards PDF:

Feel free to download and share to other teachers!


Sep 2 2016 - 4:51pm

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