STEMD² R&D Group


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.

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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.

Inclusive STEM Education

We strive to promote and transform STEM education for diverse student populations – with the ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap for underrepresented learners.

Contextual Pedagogies

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.

Social Learning Strategies

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

Offering computer science and programing boot camps for both in collaboration with Manoa RED Lab. Topics include coding, Internet of Things, and web development.

STEMD² + Communication

Helping teachers and students develop communication skills, including science writing, creative writing, and multimedia design.

STEMD² + Entrepreneurship

Preparing students to become entrepreneurs in STEM fields through real-world experiences in collaboration with Bizgenics Foundation.

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

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.


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We deliver real-world expertise, best practices, and evidence-based solutions through a variety of programs, including in-person and on-site sessions, online courses, webinars, blended learning models, and custom consultations. Our professional development services focus on various topics such as Inclusive Pedagogy, Universal Design for Learning, and Contextual Problem-based Learning.
The STEMD² approach focuses on cooperative and collaborative learning fueled by human connection and enabled by technology. Our specialists offer a variety of digital tools, strategies, and technical support to broaden participation to underrepresented students in STEM and to increase student engagement. We assist schools and districts in developing the knowledge and skills to utilize these social learning platforms in conjuction with exisiting and new curricula.
We partner with schools and districts to improve teaching and learning by encouraging lasting changes in organizational culture. Our technical support and long-term instructional coaching services provide leadership teams and teachers with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve and sustain high-quality student-centered instruction.
We provide a variety of technical support, research and development, and evaluation services to improve equitable STEM education for diverse learners. We help schools to keep their special education programs on track and achieve the desired outcomes by establishing a network of special education experts and community stakeholders.

Transitioning to Technology Based Education

Aloha Kākou, As we begin to transition to a technology based education, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. We want you to know that the NKH team is here for you during these tough times. In doing so, we would like to remind you that our NKH curricula and community...

NKH’s Teacher Course on Planning for a Successful Transition to Online Teaching

The STEMD2 R&D Group has developed a teacher course on how to transition from a face-to-face classroom to online/hybrid instruction. This is a short, 3-hour course that is to the point and easy to implement. The Ne'epapa Ka Hana (NKH) is a program, under UH STEMD2...

NKH’s Professional Development: Summer Institute 2020

NKH’s Professional Development course is set to begin June 30th and we can’t wait! The NKH Professional Development course, or PD, is a teacher course organized by STEMD² that helps guide educators in preparing to implement and discuss socially and culturally...

7th Grade SBAC Textbook: Let’s Collect Lauhala

Letʻs Collect Lauhala! An SBA textbook that will prepare 7th grade students for the end-of-the-course test based on the math textbook, Letʻs Take Care of the Loʻi, while exploring native Hawaiian culture. Lauhala is a Hawaiian word that comes from the word lau,...

6th Grade SBAC Textbook: Let’s Chant for Rain

Let’s Chant for Rain! An SBA test book that will prepare 6th grade students for the end-of-the-course test based on the math textbook, Let’s Go From Mauka to Makai,  while teaching students how the math they learned this year can support the Hawaiian environment. The...

7th Grade Textbook: Let’s Take Care of the Loʻi

Letʻs Take Care of the Loʻi! A textbook incorporating Hawaiian traditions of caring for our islands, and illustrating the importance of the natural resources found on the island. In this textbook, students will learn how math can be used to support traditional...

6th Grade Textbook: Let’s Go From Mauka to Makai

Let’s Go From Mauka to Makai! A textbook featuring math activities for 6th grade focusing on Hawaiʻi’s natural environment, and guiding students from the biodiverse oceans to the tempered mountains in Hawaiʻi. In this textbook, students will explore environmental...

2019 Summer PD

STEMD2 Professional Development 2.0 2019 Summer SessionAloha,   We would like to invite you to participate in the Ne‘epapa Ka Hana (NKH) 2.0, a federally funded program aimed towards improving middle school mathematics education in Hawaiʻi.The evidenced-based NKH...

BEAM & Ka Pilina No’eau Mentors Needed

Projects BEAM and Ka Pilina No’eau are looking for teachers, community members, and University of Hawai’i College students to assist student participates with virtual and face to face after-school and/or Saturday math and science activities.

BizzyB Earth Day

Promoting youth entrepreneurship in Hawai’i, STEMD² proudly supports the BizzyB Earth Day. BizzyB Earth Day is a global eco-challenge for K-12 students, to learn entrepreneurship, eco-stewardship & charitable giving through social venture projects.


Who We Are

Core Team


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

Campbell Nohealani

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 YuenAssociate 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

School Partners


Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘O Ānuenue

Nanakuli High and Intermediate School

Kalakaua Middle School

Aiea Intermediate School

Innovation PCS

Jarrett Middle School

Central Middle School

Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate School


Get in Touch

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Center on Disability Studies, College of Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa

Department of Management Information System, San Diego State University

Institute for Human Development, Northern Arizona University

Office: 1410 Lower Campus Rd #171F, Honolulu, HI 96826

Where you can find us