STEM education integrates the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics by using scientific inquiry and engineering design as unifying processes. STEM emphasizes innovation and the development of problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills. Emphasizing arts creates engaging new pathways for learning.


To prepare all students for the challenges and opportunities in the 21st century global economy by providing rigorous, equitable and accessible education in STEM.


Advances in science and engineering are essential for ensuring America's and Hawaii's economic growth and our national security. During the next decade, U.S. demand for scientists and engineers is expected to increase at four times the rate for all other occupations. STEM is infused within every facet of our society and plays a major role in determining Hawaii's future viability. STEM education develops tomorrow's innovators who will overcome the unforeseen challenges in healthcare, public safety, the economy and the environment. The goals of STEM education in Hawaii's schools are:

  • Transform and revitalize the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in grades K-12 by purposefully integrating science and mathematics with technology and engineering.
  • Proliferate the number of highly qualified and effective STEM teachers as well as the public school system’s capacity to continuously support and develop them.
  • Expand STEM learning opportunities and performance expectations for all public school students.
  • Significantly increase the number of public school graduates, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups, who attain college degrees in STEM fields or pursue STEM-related careers.
  • Cultivate partnerships with community and corporate partners to offer internships and other real-world learning experiences to public school students.


Adding Arts into the STEM environment provides powerful pathways for learning, and is a natural component of the engineering design process. References to STEM in Hawaii's public schools routinely include STEAM. Here are some ways in which schools are engaging students in creative, hands-on STEAM work:

  • Momilani Elementary's Winter STEAM Camp: Teachers at Momilani teamed with Navy SPAWAR engineers to create a three-day camp for students with STEAM games and projects. VIEW STORY
  • Kaala Elementary's Brown Bags Program: Parents attend lunch at the school with their children and conduct a guided experiment. The children are surveyed after to see what they were most drawn to, and what they might consider for future pursuits. WATCH VIDEO

Virtual STEM Center for K-12 students on Edmodo

The Virtual STEM Center is a resource for exploring what it takes to pursue STEM careers and college degrees. Based on national data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, workers in science, technology, engineering and math play a key role in the sustained stability and growth of the U.S. economy. STEM workers drive our nation's innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies and new industries. Edmodo provides teachers and students with a secure place to connect and collaborate, share content and education applications. Access to homework, grades, class discussions and notifications are available online or through the Edmodo smart phone apps. The goal of Edmodo is to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every learner.

When students sign up for the Department's Edmodo community​ they will need a school code. Contact your school's district resource teacher to learn more.

ArcGIS and Connec​​tED Initiative

Mapping and data software giant Esri has teamed with the White House's ConnectED Initiative to make online subscriptions of its ArcGIS tools available for free for K-12 organizations nationwide. Learn more.​

Students, teachers and industry/community leaders can connect on the Hawaii K12 GIS Community Hub​ to collaborate and connect with other "geo techies," and share data, projects, pictures  and lesson plans.


Robotics programs in schools are volunteer clubs and can be found at every level: elementary, middle and high school. Learn more via these resources:

  • Friends of Hawaii Robotics [VIEW]
  • VEX Robotics [VIEW]
  • FIRST Robotics [VIEW]
  • Robotics Education & Competition Foundation [VIEW]

Engineering Design Process

Sometimes our students are given the opportunity to learn more about what workers in the STEM career fields do in real-life situations. One example is the engineering design process that students at Waikele Elementary School in a project that solved a real-world problem on campus [READ].


Connect with our STEM-STEAM board on Pinterest. Email your resource suggestions to

​Momilani Elementary's STEAM Camp

Teachers teamed with Navy engineers to bring hands-on learning opportunities to kids during winter break.

Contact Information

John Constantinou

Phone: 808-305-9718


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