STEM Pre-Academy

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, University of Hawaii researchers, and government/industry STEM subject matter experts. This teacher‐driven multidisciplinary program helps public middle school educators develop and implement research and technology‐based student curriculum. These include lessons, activities, and projects that correspond to real‐world STEM‐related educational needs and interests as expressed by the educators themselves. The STEM Pre-Academy is a state-funded program, focused on public middle school teachers in Hawaii.

University of Hawaii STEM Pre-Academy


  • Over 300 public middle school teacher participants from 50+ public middle schools across the State of Hawaii
  • Participation is represented from middle schools from the islands of: Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu
  • Over 400 STEM teacher activities implemented impacting over 9,400 middle school students

Major Initiatives:

  • Teacher Workshops, Mini‐workshops, and Focus Sessions
  • 1‐on‐1 technical support
  • Hardware, tools, and other resources
  • Participation and Collaboration with University and Industry subject matter experts
  • Networking with public middle school STEM teachers and the greater STEM community
  • Enhanced STEM Pre‐Academy Portal including development of “Leaves” which provide on‐line support 
  • Online “openAIRE” resources access site for participants
  • Digital Technology and Creative Media tools and applications in STEM




This website was created in collaboration with the Reach Corporation of the University of Hawaii Grant#19-0298