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.
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. Kathy and her team successfully sparked students to write in various genres by providing them an opportunity to create relevant, high level products and share them with a wider audience of their peers. The curriculum developed and implemented boosted student engagement and motivation to all-time heights.
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.
Edwin Colon gave an "Introduction to Water Quality" presentation to go over the technical aspects of the water quality parameters teachers tested that day. 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.
After the presentations, teachers headed out to the stream to to see how a field trip like this could benefit their students, and how they might incorporate it this upcoming school year.
NPR has started a year-long series on 50 Great Teachers. Worth a listen!
Prepping for the Big Island Water Quality Mini Workshop next month. Excited to see the difference in the data collected today compared to the data we'll collect during the workshop! @edwinjcolon. Mahalo @rtamiya and Hilo Intermediate for hosting!
There's a pretty amazing confluence of technology going on here. It even shows its work! Math teachers take note!
Mahalo to Josh Bostic for giving a wonderful presentation at Jarrett Middle School for the PE/Health Pilot Activity! Josh gave a great talk on the effects of added sugars on your body, the science behind the research he does, and choices the students can make to be healthier. Next week: STEM Pre-Academy engineers will work with students to design and create their own self-watering planters to grow their own veggies!
Oct 20 2014 - 10:50am
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The constraint will be the minimum and maximum height. The closest launch to the maximum height will score more points. I will also be making a list of the prices that go with each part so the students have to take cost into consideration. Here is where I could use some help from an engineer.
I have estimated that the rockets will weigh between 50g and 100g with the egg, altimeter, and engines. The students will get to choose their engines. I need to find out what the minimum and maximum height should be set to. Our rockets weighted between 50 - 85g and went between 50 - 174feet using an Estes A8-3 engine. The students will be able to choose their own engines. I need to find out:
Mahalo for your help!
Oct 20 2014 - 10:50am
Aloha @pyerxa :
I found this rocket looking for information to answer your questions. There is something really interesting about the configuration of this specific rocket... (hint: the egg goes in the nose)
Oct 20 2014 - 4:59pm
Mahalo Edwin - this really helps! Actually, what did you use to calculate this? I have a pdf about engines and another one on the max height an engine will go, and another one on all the engines and how much wt. they will hold. I also have data on the last class. The weights of the rockets and how high they went.
Mahalo for your help! I think I will choose a height of 200-300 feet. Their rockets will probably be heavy because they need something to support the egg.
Mahalo Nui for your help!
Oct 22 2014 - 12:16pm
Oct 22 2014 - 2:51pm