Who We Are

The STEM Pre-Academy is an initiative of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) at the University of Hawai‘i. Our directive is to amplify the impact and extend the reach of the University of Hawai‘i research and innovation to middle school teachers and students at public and public charter schools statewide.

What We Do

Our strategic initiatives connect the University of Hawai‘i Research and Innovation programs with Hawai‘i’s middle school STEM teachers. Inspiring collaborative interaction with direct support, technology, and resources to facilitate an active community of practice in science education.

Our Philosophy

The STEM Pre-Academy is firmly grounded in the premise that teacher dedication and ingenuity are the keys to success in the classroom. Employing teacher interest and inquiry as a guide, STEM Pre-Academy initiatives provide mentoring, material and technical support that enriches both educators and students, and yields an outstanding formation of our future technology workforce.

Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) advances University of Hawai‘i world-renowned research programs in astronomy, earth and ocean sciences, medicine and tropical agriculture and provides UH researchers with the necessary tools to conduct competitive research in science and technology.

Staff & Student Interns

Our work would not be possible without the invaluable contributions of our interns. Working in every aspect of our program, they provide support, create research-inspired activities for the classroom, apply research techniques and, advise on the growth of our initiatives.

Faculty Researchers

Internationally recognized research is the hallmark of the University of Hawai‘i. As a land, sea, and space grant institution, faculty researchers at UH are generating cutting edge research in science and technology. This knowledge strengthens our core focus areas, while providing teachers with dynamic and diverse classroom content. 


Our partner network consists of the University of Hawai‘i research programs, businesses, and organizations focused on science advancement and educational outreach. Underwriting long-term initiatives and the development of new programs.

Teachers & Schools

Teachers are the heart of our program, supplying their students with the inspiration to consider technology and educational workforce possibilities in their future careers. They contribute to the development of our initiatives, advance the practice of STEM research in the classroom, and provide thought leadership on educational outcomes.


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