Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

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.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​About STEM

VISION: STEM education will prepare​ students to understand the local and global challenges of the 21st century and inspire them to become lifelong learners who will confront these challenges and seek solutions.

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


  • Integrated STEM: Purposefully integrate science, mathematics, technology and engineering to provide all students with engaging, real-world, and rigorous experiences in STEM​
  • Increase the number of highly qualified and highly effective STEM teachers ​
  • Provide students with a solid foundation in the content, practices, and organizing principles of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
  • Increase the number of public school graduates, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups, who pursue college degrees and/or careers in STEM fields
  • Cultivate community partnerships to provide access to diverse, high-quality STEM teaching and learning opportunities​

STEM Resources

STEM Capstone Projects

The STEM Honors Certificate is available for graduates of the 2016 class and beyond. A STEM Capstone Project is one component required for students to earn the STEM Honors Certificate. The other requirements include:

  • 4 credits of math (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Calculus)
  • 4 credits of science (Biology required, Chemistry and Physics recommended)
  • 3.0 and above GPA
A STEM Capstone Project must be completed in one of these approved ACCN courses:

STEM CapstoneXAT1000
Senior ProjectXSP1010
Introduction to STEM: Service LearningXEP1100
Directed Study in ScienceSAH3503
Seminar in Scientific ResearchSAH4503
Health Services Career Pathway CapstoneTHK4990
Industrial and Engineering Technology Career Pathway CapstoneTIK5900
Natural Resource Career Pathway CapstoneTNK6990
Advanced Placement (AP) SeminarXAP1000
Advanced Placement (AP) ResearchXAP1100
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Systems Work-Based LearningTCM 4100
Residential and Commercial Construction (RCC) Work-Based LearningTCR 4100
Teaching As a Profession (TAP) Work-Based LearningTET 4100
Architectural Design (AD) Work-Based LearningTAA 4100
Engineering Tech Work-Based LearningTAE 4100
Public Health Services Work-Based LearningTHH 4100
Diagnostic Services Work-Based LearningTHD 4100
Human Performance Therapeutic Services Work-Based LearningTHT 4100
Law Enforcement Services Work-Based LearningTLE 4100
Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) Work-Based LearningTTA 4100
Automotive Collision Repair Work-Based LearningTTC 4100
Aviation Maintenance Technology Work-Based LearningTTM 4100
Marine Maintenance Technology Work-Based LearningTTT 4100
Automation and Robotics Technology Work-Based LearningTAR 4100
Electro-Mechanical Technology Work-Based LearningTAL 4100
Welding Work-Based LearningTAW 4100
Animal Systems Work-Based LearningTAI 4100
Food Systems Work-Based LearningTAD 4100
Ag Food Production Business Work-Based LearningTAB 4100
Natural Resources Management Work-Based LearningTAH 4100
Business Management Work-Based LearningTBI 4100
Financial Management Work-Based LearningTBF 4100
Alternative Fuels Technology Work-Based LearningTEA 4100
Power Grid Technology Work-Based LearningTEP 4100
Renewable Energies Technology Work-Based LearningTER 4100
Artificial Intelligence (AI) Work-Based LearningTIA 4100
Programming Work-Based LearningTIP 4100
Networking Work-Based LearningTIE 4100
Cybersecurity (Cyber) Work-Based LearningTIY 4100
Web Design and Development (WDD) Work-Based LearningTIW 4100

Resources available for teachers implementing STEM Capstone projects include:

  • [VIEW] Project Overview — includes an alignment of STEM practices to GLOs and STEM and non-STEM project samples.
  • [VIEW] Project Planning Guide
  • [VIEW] Capstone Project Checklist
  • [VIEW] Paper, Portfolio, Presentation and STEM Competencies Rubric Samples
  • [VIEW] Capstone Project Sample Syllabi
  • [VIEW] May 2015 STEM Capstone Webinar Powerpoint and Q&A Sessions

The documents and resources provide a foundation for a STEM Capstone Project, but do not prescribe a curriculum. Schools and teachers have the latitude and flexibility to use these resources as appropriate for their students, while fulfilling the purposes of the STEM Capstone Project.

World Conservation Congress resource bank

Hawai‘i welcomed the world in September 2016 for the World Conservation Congress (WCC), a global gathering held every four years organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The goal of this Resource Bank was to provide educators with a starting point for locating resources relevant to the themes of IUCN and WCC, particularly biodiversity, food and water security, and climate change.

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