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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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kara.suzuka's picture

I came across this nice article published on the ISTE site in 2015 on 3D digital fabrication – including the use of the FabLab ModelMaker software and teaching/learning about surface area. The article also touches upon some of the typical challenges students face when learning about measurement involving 3D solids that I found helpful:

merrillranken's picture

I would like to connect with the Society for Women Engineers to talk about bringing a similar event to Maui. Please contact me if there is any interest.
Merrill Ranken STEAM Teacher Pomaika'i Elementary

May 10 2016 - 11:35am

edwinjcolon's picture

@merrillranken we’re looking into it! will get back to you as soon as possible.

May 11 2016 - 10:35am
sbrown's picture

Check out the list of iPad and iPhone apps our teachers have suggested!

Big thanks to @papaya and @thayamichi!

jkuwahara's picture

Mahalo to Edwin from STEM Pre-Academy, Lorna and Brittney from BWS, and Aunties Joni, Anne, and Kehau for coming out yesterday and spending your day supporting the students at Mililani Middle School. They really got a lot out of interacting with you. I even had two students email me over the evening asking which water catchment designs you liked best. Thanks for your support. If there are there any other tips that you folks thought of that might be helpful for us please let me know. Thanks again for everything!!

Feb 22 2016 - 1:40pm

edwinjcolon's picture

Thank you @jkuwahara for the opportunity to help you with your #rainwatercatchment project. We are looking forward to the final outcome of this project. #engineeringdesignprocess

Feb 22 2016 - 2:31pm
kauluwela's picture

Lenovo Yoga 12
I recently been having overheating issues with one of my Yoga 12 laptops. I google it and someone else had the same issue. They fixed it with a bios update 1.07. Apparently 1.08 was causing overheating issues according to this one tech person online. So he rolled it back to 1.07. I was on 1.07 but it was overheating, so I went to the lenovo site and found that the latest update was 1.20. Lenovo made it so easy, all i did was click on Lenovo System Update, get new updates and select all and it updated my bios, video card driver etc.. Restarted it and now my laptop has no heating issues. It's been 3 hours and no heating issues (crossing my fingers). Hope this helps anyone who ran into the same issues.

Feb 19 2016 - 1:05pm

spramento's picture

Thanks for sharing this information! I had no idea about the overheating issues. It's a good thing they had the upates on their website. @kauluwela

Feb 19 2016 - 2:09pm
sbrown's picture

Yeah, thanks! Does the overheating occur at any time in particular? Light/heavy processor load, during sleep, etc?

Feb 21 2016 - 2:19pm

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