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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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Haengbok: Did you contact me by accident, I see someone else has contacted you. Read More...
thayamichi: I will stop by your office to share our plan on science fair project. Read More...
mjadulang: thanks will look at the folder
edwinjcolon: Hi @jason_akamine The freeze dryer found at UH is not working and the... Read More...
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christine.valdez's picture

@Haengbok Aloha, Could you share some specifics of your set up? Please =)

1 day ago

thayamichi's picture

I will stop by your office to share our plan on science fair project.

12 hours ago
Haengbok's picture

Did you contact me by accident, I see someone else has contacted you.

5 hours ago
jason_akamine's picture

Hi Edwin,
Any word on contacts with a freeze dryer? Also, would STEM PRE-ACADEMY have any spectophotometer available for science fair projects?

2 days ago

edwinjcolon's picture

Hi @jason_akamine

The freeze dryer found at UH is not working and the personnel trained to use and maintain the equipment is not available.

STEM Pre-Academy have Spectrometers in the Toolkit for Teachers - Is this what you are looking for?


2 days ago
mjadulang's picture

Manuel from Honokaa High and Intermediate. My students just about to start constructing their frame for the prestem academy aquaponics we got. Anyone have pics how you folks set up (frammed the system)?

2 days ago

edwinjcolon's picture

Aloha @mjadulang,

I collected a few setup examples from our participating schools and place them in this folder.

Kalakaua and Kapolei have indoor's setup but most of this systems are placed outside and don't have grow lights frames. Let me know if you need more information about this systems.


#aquaponics #growlights

2 days ago
mjadulang's picture

thanks will look at the folder

2 days ago
pyerxa's picture

Aloha Edwin - just send you an email about the solar panel boats and the flex shaft kits. Kinda got a little pricey with ordering 10 and then 10 replacement kits. Kits also include the dry dog. My email just simply asked what is the minimum I should order if I need enough for 5 solar panel boat groups?

jason_akamine's picture

Hi Edwin,
Hi Edwin. Tomo would like to know if you have available a freeze dryer to use for a science project. It deals with making a mold from the extracts of agar, then extracting the water from the mold, leaving behind a prototype model to test as a fire retardant. If one is not available, do you know anyone that may let us use it for a science project?

Oct 5 2016 - 3:05pm

edwinjcolon's picture

Aloha @jason_akamine

STEM Pre-Academy don't have a freeze dryer in the inventory. I will ask some of our researcher to see if they have one and are willing to help.

Oct 5 2016 - 3:23pm

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