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About Us

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, University of Hawai‘i Researchers, and government/industry STEM subject matter experts. This teacher‐driven multidisciplinary program helps public middle school educators develop and implement research and technology‐based student curriculum. These include lessons, activities, and projects that correspond to real‐world STEM‐related educational needs and interests as expressed by the educators themselves. The STEM Pre-Academy is a state-funded program, focused on public middle school teachers in Hawai‘i.


  • Over 500 public middle school teacher participants from over 60 public middle schools across the State of Hawai‘i
  • Participation is represented from middle schools from the islands of: Hawai‘i, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu
  • Over 600 STEM teacher activities implemented impacting over 9,400 middle school students

Major Initiatives:

  • Teacher Workshops, Mini‐workshops, and Focus Sessions
  • Technical support
  • Hardware, tools, and other resources
  • Participation and Collaboration with University and Industry subject matter experts
  • Networking with public middle school STEM teachers and the greater STEM community
  • Enhanced STEM Pre‐Academy Portal including development of “Leaves” which provide on‐line support 
  • Online Teacher Toolkit access site for participants
  • Digital Technology and Creative Media and applications in STEM