About Us

STEM Pre-Academy fosters inspiration and relevance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through collaborative interaction between middle school teachers, university researchers, and subject matter experts. Multidisciplinary interaction takes place in the form of teacher workshops, technical support, and tools, and is driven by teacher inquiry and need. This statewide program helps educators in Hawai‘i’s public middle schools develop research-inspired technologies and processes and implement them in student curriculum and activities.

The STEM Pre-Academy provides similar collaborative educational experiences that enable University of Hawai‘i research students to interact with Hawai‘i teachers and students in the classroom, in the field, and through online participation.

Through its projects and partnerships, STEM Pre-Academy introduces teachers to STEM research, technology, and innovation—supplying their students with the inspiration to consider technology and educational workforce possibilities in their future careers.


  • Over 650 public middle school teacher participants from over 70 public middle schools across the State of Hawai‘i
  • Participation is represented from middle schools from the islands of: Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, Lāna‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, and O‘ahu
  • Over 800 STEM teacher activities implemented impacting over 10,000 middle school students

Major Initiatives

  • Teacher Workshops, Mini‐workshops, and Focus Sessions
  • Participation and collaboration with university and industry subject matter experts
  • Networking with public middle school STEM teachers and the greater STEM community
  • Community-focused website for collaboration and sharing
  • Online Teacher Toolkit access for participating teachers
  • Teacher-submitted Document Resources available online
  • Digital Technology and Creative Media and applications in STEM