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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.

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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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beckymoylan's picture

I am so happy with my iPads. The students are using them to create presentations on earthquakes. They are making powerpoints, movies, research reports, pictures, and quizes. The students are also using them for science fair projects. Using the dropbox makes my life so much easier for correcting and printing out their work.

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spramento's picture

That's great! How is Dropbox in comparison with Google Drive? I always wonder which service seems to be better for classroom usage.

Dec 16 2015 - 12:37pm
beckymoylan's picture

I haven't used Google Drive, but I think it allows you to edit. Dropbox does not. So I print out the student's paper, make corrections, and have them correct the paper.

Dec 21 2015 - 10:34am
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I would like to grow my own fish food for the school aquaponics system. I heard duckweed is a good food. Can I find it around the Island and grow it easily? Any help with this would be great. #aquaponics

Dec 10 2015 - 2:06pm

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Duckweed is a good alternative for your aquaponic fish food. several teachers in Oahu use it on their aquaponics systems. Duckweed usually grows quite fast doubling its mass in 24 to 48 hours. Duckweed is found in still or slow moving fresh water. In Oahu, Duckweed can be found in aquaponic specialized and some garden stores. Some tricks to grow Duckweed are: don't try to grow it in the same tank with the fish, add small amount of nutrients to the water keeping the pH between 6 and 7.5 (can use water from the fish tank as nutrients), try to maintain a full cover of the area (minimize light going in the water) where it's growing to prevent algae growth and prevent movement in the water. Good luck! Let me know if you need anything else.

Dec 10 2015 - 2:35pm
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Drones underwater!!!! For the drone lovers in the islands of Hawaii.

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Aloha Edwin - mahalo for helping out my stealth boys and meeting with me about how you can support our engineering program. The principal and curriculum coordinator are excited to meet with you. I will keep you posted on our first Science meeting in January. The boys are super into the testing of their models and testing both LUX & sound. They're so into it I was thinking of dropping in a challenge. Create your own version of a plane that will be the least detected (more than the others. If I do this, do you think it could be possible to get the lady why knows about stealth technology to speak with them? If they keep this pumped I think it would be amazing. What do you think?

Dec 4 2015 - 4:03pm

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That is a good idea. If you make the challenge lesson, I will put you in contact with Margaret Johns (the expert in stealth technology). What was the result of your student project. Will they be presenting their findings in the District Science Fair?

Dec 9 2015 - 12:43pm
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No VGA port? No problem. HDMI to VGA adapter from amazon for $12. Most laptops or tablets don't have VGA ports. I purchase this so I could use the YOGA 12 with my projector. I also had to purchased a Mini HDMI to HDMI adapter (2 pack $7.99) because the YOGA 12 was equipped with a mini HDMI port only. Some laptops has the regular size HDMI ports so you don't need the mini adapter.

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