STEMD² R&D GroupSTEM FOR DIVERSE LEARNERS
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – known collectively as STEM – are not just critical to economic growth and national competitiveness, they are essential to solving the world’s most pressing problems. STEMD² group aims at advancing knowledge, transforming practice, and building capacity to broaden participation and achievement of students underrepresented in STEM degree programs and in the workforce.
PD Hours Provided
Explore, Experiment, Execute
Our unique locations in California, Hawaiʻi, and Arizona allow us to innovate, test, and disseminate research-based practices to support STEM education in diverse populations.
We strive to promote and transform STEM education for diverse student populations – with the ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap for underrepresented learners.
We develop programs and materials that are culturally responsive to Hawaiʻi’s unique diversity – using research-based practices to support ongoing STEM education efforts across the state.
We believe technology integration in education plays a fundamental role in better connecting schools beyond the classroom and encourages learning in an online collaborative environment.
How We Can Help You
STEMD² Book Series
A collection of student activity books and teacher guides with real-world contextual STEM problems. Now available: 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade mathematics.
STEMD² PD Series
Teacher training programs for implementing inclusive and socio-culturally responsive pedagogies for STEM subjects in Hawai’i schools.
STEMD² Learning Platform
A social learning platform to help students network and collaborate with other students for contextual problem solving across subjects.
STEMD² + Computer Science
STEMD² + Communication
STEMD² + Entrepreneurship
STEMD² Mentorship Program
We provide STEM mentorship for middle school students who are eager to learn more about the field and wish to gain hands-on experiences. Under the guidance of STEM mentors -prime instructors from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, students are able to explore and take part in various STEM research projects. Throughout the STEM Mentorship, students will not only gain invaluable experience and knowledge but also develop life skills and a better understanding of themselves. If you or a student you know are interested in participating in our STEM Mentorship program, please make sure to fill out and submit the form below.
What We Develop
- Inclusive Curricula
- Professional Development
- Social Learning Platform
- Instructional Coaching
- SPED Support
We develop activities that model real-world problems to foster collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills that prepare students not only for standardized tests but for meeting challenges in STEM-related fields. We offer rigorous educational activities designed to increase student engagement and demonstrate how STEM concepts are intertwined in students’ own lives and potential future careers.
Who We Are
Kaveh Abhari, Director
Kiriko Takahashi, Project Director
Hye-Jin Park, Project Director
Moa Viebke, IT/LMS Lead
Justin Toyofuku, Intervention Lead
Robert Young, Content Lead
Xialu Liu, Evaluation Lead
Robyn Rice, PD Lead
Behler, Implementation Lead
MyLan Tran, Creative Designer
Rebecca James, Social Computing Specialist
Kelly Roberts, Project Director
Holm Smidt, Project Lead
Katie Gao, Media Lead
Matsu Thornton, Project Lead
Greg Harris, Implementation Specialist
Tsun Jaeryn Chu, ICT Specialist
Misa Maruyama, ICT Specialist
Michal Hron, Design Specialist
Lauren Ho, Content Specialist
Remy Pages, Assessment Specialist
Milena Ordonez, Design Specialist
Maile Evans, Design Specialist
Pat Morrissey, Director, CDS
JoAnn Yuen, Associate Director, CDS
Ruth Silberstein, Complex Area Superintendent
Steve Sue, President, Bizgenics Foundation
Katy Parsons, Math Teachers & Education Specialist
Crystal Yoo, Math Teachers & Education Specialist
Kelli Ching, Math Teachers & Education Specialist
Cody Kikuta, School Renewal Specialist
Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘O Ānuenue
Nanakuli High and Intermediate School
Kalakaua Middle School
Aiea Intermediate School
Jarrett Middle School
Central Middle School
Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate School
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