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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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MWeinhouse's picture

Aloha Edwin, I tried to access the Document Resources and I am being denied access...after logging in. Am I doing something wrong?

Dec 28 2016 - 11:02am

sbrown's picture


That definitely makes it more difficult to use them--certainly not your doing! Have a look again, I think I've gotten it squared away. Thank you!

Dec 28 2016 - 11:26am
MWeinhouse's picture

It's working now. Mahalo!

Dec 28 2016 - 11:42am
MWeinhouse's picture

Thanks for the excellent service!

Dec 28 2016 - 11:42am
pyerxa's picture

Dates we have open are:
Jan 18, Feb 1, Feb 15 anywhere between 2-4pm (Wed. - for about 40 min)
Mar. 7 between 2:20-4

Can we make a date next week to make a plan for the solar boats? I can do:
Mon - 3:15
Tues - 3:15 or later
Wed - 4 or later
Thur - 2:30 or later
Fri - 2:30 or later

edwinjcolon's picture

An entire island energy needs produced by solar energy. Definitely we are seeing the change towards renewable energy. What's next?

Tesla converts an entire island of American Samoa from 100% diesel to 100% solar energy
sbrown's picture

Here's a neat resource on solar and the job opportunities is affords. Check out the opportunities for the field for women...

Success for Women in Solar |
thayamichi's picture

I write my message in a new thread.
I have another project that I need your help.
I would like to know if you have a portable centrifuge at your office to extract chlorophyll from lettuce leaf.
Thank you

Nov 14 2016 - 12:48pm

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edwinjcolon's picture


That is a nice and ambitious project. We do not have a centrifuge in our inventory. If you can't find a centrifuge in time, try doing a similar project measuring plant pigments using the spectrometer borrowed from us. Here is a video how to do it:

Good luck with your projects!

Nov 14 2016 - 3:14pm
thayamichi's picture


I will get back to you after my students discuss your idea for the project.

Thank you so much.


Nov 15 2016 - 9:25am
thayamichi's picture

Hi Edwin and Shaun,

I would like to inquire the Pre-STEM Academy staff if colorimeter is available at your office.

I would like to borrow one if available at your earliest convenience.

Thank you


Dec 1 2016 - 8:10pm
edwinjcolon's picture

Hi Tomo,

We have Vernier Colorimeter available. Here is the link :

This is very similar to the Colorimeter from PASCO. Please, place your request if you are still interested.


Dec 2 2016 - 6:57am
thayamichi's picture

Hi Edwin,

I have completed the request for colorimeter now.

Let me know when ready for me to pick it up.

Thank you


Dec 2 2016 - 8:27am

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