Our Collaborators

Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE)

The Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) was established in 2006 as a National Science Foundation sponsored Science and Technology Center. C-MORE initiatives aim to facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of biological and ecological diversity in marine microorganisms.

C-MORE Science Kits provide K–12 educators with information and tools to teach about specific topics in microbial oceanography. In 2016, the kits were transferred from C-MORE to STEM Pre-Academy, where they are inventoried and maintained for loan to teachers in Hawai‘i and California.

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Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning at the University of North Texas

The Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning (IITTL) at University of North Texas (UNT), is chartered by the UNT Council of Deans to conduct research and implement best practices for teaching and learning with technology. IITTL instruments and online data collection systems have gathered and analyzed data from thousands of educators in recent years. IITTL has generated dozens of book chapters and refereed journal articles on the impacts of information technology in education theory and practice.

STEM Pre-Academy collaborates with IITTL and its network of partners at NASA as well as the international community of researchers in technology integration in education. IITTL supports the development and application of survey instruments, to explore new opportunities for education research and outreach, and to perform external program evaluations.

Pacific American Foundation

The Pacific American Foundation (PAF) provides culture-based education, including curriculum development, teacher training, leadership development, in-the-field classrooms, and parent involvement. PAF programs share the mission to improve the lives of all Pacific Americans.

The PAF Castle Engineering Pipeline Project helped STEM Pre-Academy furnish professional development training, technical support, and mentorship in the Engineering Design Process (EDP) to K-12 teachers from the Castle Complex in the Windward District of Oahu.

To learn more about STEM Pre-Academy EDP projects and access videos and downloadable educational resources, visit the Engineering Design Process Pipeline Exchange.

Space Particle Group Hawai‘i

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) Group at UH Mānoa is a research and education team that specializes in heliophysics, space radiation, data analysis, modeling of spacecraft mounted scientific instruments, and community outreach. The team, led by Professor Veronica Bindi, includes distinguished postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students.

STEM Pre-Academy initially collaborated with AMS-02 in a 2016 workshop series for Hawai‘i teachers and students. When is the Best Time to Send Astronauts to Mars? was subsequently enhanced with classroom implementation of AMS-02 activities in math and science.

Coral Resilience Lab, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology at University of Hawai‘i

The Coral Resilience Lab at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology broadly seeks to understand coral resilience in the face of global climate change. Its research aims better to understand the drivers and consequences of genetic variation in marine corals, and ways to leverage this understanding for responsible conservation and stewardship of reef systems.

STEM Pre-Academy maintains and disseminates Coral Bleaching kits as well as relevant videos and downloadable documents.

College of Engineering (CoE), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

The College of Engineering at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is dedicated to highest-level education and research. The College generates the entrepreneurial and innovative intellectual capital required to compete in an increasingly technology driven global society. Its research and initiatives are widely recognized in the international engineering community.

In line with its original vision, STEM Pre-Academy collaborates with CoE faculty, staff, and students to bring research-inspired engineering projects, relevant technologies and processes into K-12 classrooms.

Department of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

The Information and Computer Sciences Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa provides a supportive educational and research environment for students, faculty and academic visitors interested in the study of information and computer sciences.

STEM Pre-Academy works together with ICS faculty and students on projects that advance teacher knowledge of information and computer sciences and their crucial role in modern teacher and student learning skills.

STEMS² - College of Education, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

STEMS² is an interdisciplinary Master of Education program designed for educators who want to engage students in place-based and experiential learning, transcend disciplinary boundaries, and gain leadership skills that emphasize respect and teamwork. STEMS2 focuses on real-world problem solving within a social context that integrates the conventional STEM disciplines with digital media production and social science.

Since 2016, STEM Pre-Academy has collaborated with STEMS² to enhance the educational experiences and outcomes of Master’s degree candidates at the UHM College of Education. STEM Pre-Academy provides tools, demonstrations and hands-on applications for a variety of STEM technologies.

Searider Productions, Wai‘anae High School

Searider Productions is an integrated multimedia program based at Wai‘anae High School. A collective of teachers and students innovates programs dedicated to helping students of the Wai‘anae complex gain access to digital media and develop the skills, attitude and experience needed to succeed in both local and global enterprise.

STEM Pre-Academy and Searider Productions have collaborated since 2007, to develop workshops and training materials that integrate new digital media tools and techniques for Hawai‘i teachers in all disciplines.

SP alumni have returned to support STEM Pre-Academy projects as Digital Media Fellows.


Materials Research and Education Consortium (MRE-C) at University of Washington & Hawaii Natural Energy Institute at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

The Materials Research and Education Consortium at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and at the University of Washington aims to bring Materials Science and STEM participation to  underrepresented groups, in particular Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and women. Outreach initiatives for professions in materials science and STEM.

STEM Pre-Academy supports the integration of nanotechnology activities at ‘Ilima Intermediate School in ‘Ewa Beach, Oahu. Continued collaboration will provide additional nanotechnology activities for ‘Ilima and other Hawai‘i middle school classrooms.