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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

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality - Ready, Set, Go!

Virtual reality and augmented reality are on the rise in classrooms. Here's a primer on getting started. Read more...

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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johncon21: Aloha, Class Demo / Investigation Suggestion Set up a glass baking dish with... Read More...
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It was just announced that back on May 11th, Edmodo was hacked and 77 million records were stolen. These include usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords.

If you have an Edmodo account, I’d like to suggest you go in and change your password. And if you use that email/password combination on any other sites, I’d change those as well.

Also, this site will tell you if your email address was part of a breach. It will also send alerts to inform you of new breaches.

Be safe, everyone!

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Aloha Edwin, I would like to thank you for all the help this year with supplying critical technologies for Science Fair, Science Olympics and classroom experiments here at Kahuku High Intermediate. Also would like to share a picture of an inexpensive vertical aquaponics set we built in class and the STEM Pre-Academy aquaponics kit on it's second crop for the year......Mahalo!

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Aloha Edwin, I have a Mixtures Lab I'd like to share with the group. What's the best way to do that? I'm attaching it here just in case this is the venue. There were some minor changes that will be made for next year but overall it can be used as is. The fun part was having all the kids bring in samples of dirty water and the "wow's" I got after it was purified.

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Have any middle schools in Hawaii participated in the Sally Ride EarthKAM project? Looks awesome!


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Aloha Edwin - been having a hard time teaching how waves move through various matter at different speeds (benchmark is using seismic waves to determine composition of Earth). If you run into any opportunities related to this please let me know. I have so many kids that just don't get it no matter how many strategies I use. Mahalo

Feb 22 2017 - 9:25am

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Class Demo / Investigation Suggestion

Set up a glass baking dish with water. Drop a pebble. Have class make observations and time how long for the first wave to reach the side of the container. Then use a cornstarch water mixture and repeat the pebble drop.

The YouTube videos and online science simulations in the link below would support this demonstration well.

Have a look at the resources I have posted here:

Let us know how this goes and if you discover other resources teachers may find useful. Thanks!

Feb 22 2017 - 12:21pm

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