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.

Read Next Generation Science Standards

​​​​​​​​​​​​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 Capstone TIK5900
Natural Resource Career Pathway CapstoneTNK6990
Advance Placement Seminar XAP1000
Advance Placement Research XAP1100

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.

Contact Information

Office of Curriculum & Instructional Design

Phone: 808-305-9703



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