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At School and at Work

Whether you’re a teacher or researcher, a student or an entrepreneur, the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network is here to support and inspire you.

Join us to share ideas and highlight what works when it comes to strengthening STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—in school, work, and life in our community.


STEM at School

Some of the best ways students, teachers, and parents from across our Network are delving into STEM at school. A go-to place for resources and materials that draw on math and science concepts, including methods from engineering and technology. Featuring hands-on projects that get students engaged in the critical thinking and collaborative work that are so much a part of applying these disciplines in the real world.

The Cape Cod Catboat Crew Challenge: An Interactive Maritime Science Adventure
This “challenge” is a set of middle school lessons created by Stacey Klimkosky, who participated in the 2016 Cape Cod Regional STEM Network Teacher-in-Residence Program with the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. What she created pulls together the history on display at the museum and STEM experiences in a way sure to excite and inspire students to see science and engineering in the world around us. The Cape Cod Maritime Museum located in Hyannis is dedicated to preserving and promoting our maritime culture and heritage. Stacey Klimkosky, the media specialist at Truro Central School, was there as a Teacher-in-Residence this summer, helping to bring the museum’s exhibits to life for middle and high school students. The result is an interactive maritime science unit, the Cape Cod Catboat Crew Challenge. Klimkosky describes the unit as an adventure because of the game-like structure that will help students feel like they are a part of real-world maritime activities. Here’s how it works: using simple materials, the student take on a series of challenges. They investigate buoyancy and water displacement with ordinary kitchen items, create aluminum foil boats and engineer them see which designs hold the most weight, they learn to read nautical charts to understand what is happening on our waters.  As they complete these challenges, students record their ideas and reflections in the “ship’s log.” Each time they ask questions, make observations and connections, and draw conclusions, they have the chance to earn top spot on the fictional crew of the Cape Cod Maritime Museum’s catboat, Sarah. Students have fun moving up from Deck Hand to Helmsman to First Mate. All the while, they are learning the science behind sailing, boat building, navigation, and other maritime subjects, taking on questions such as: Can we control whether something sinks or floats in a liquid? Can we determine the density of an object based on its size or volume? How can Earth’s landforms have an effect on humans’ impact on the oceans? At the same time, these concepts—from buoyancy to measuring human impact on the environment—dovetail well with the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Grade 4, 5, and 7 Earth Science Standards. In addition to providing rich student experiences, the Cape Cod Catboat Crew Challenge gives classroom teachers a way to prepare their students for a field trip to the museum. Cape Cod Maritime Museum staff are available to visit classrooms, too, which can help extend the field trip experience after students return to school. If you are interested in helping your students make connections among engineering, science, and our Cape Cod maritime culture, we hope you’ll try the Challenge.
What STEM looks like in schools on the Cape and Islands
We know that STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. But it means more than that to us.
A Sprint to Address Human Impact on Global Temperature
This Grade 8 science unit is one of a series we’ll be sharing on our website this summer—all developed teachers across the Cape and Islands.
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STEM in the Community

STEM doesn’t happen only at school. Here’s where we’re highlighting some of the most exciting ways students are connecting with STEM in the field and in labs, in the workplace, and in our communities. Featuring stories from our field experience partnerships that are giving students real-world STEM learning opportunities.

The Science of Kite Flying
Flying a kite on a wide empty beach in late fall is a quintessential Cape Cod joy. Turns out it’s a great STEM activity, too.
In Chatham: STEM Inspired by Marconi
In 1903, Guglielmo Marconi, a scientist and inventor studying and testing wireless signals astounded the world by completing two-way communications between his 35,000 watt station in Wellfleet (yes, right here on Cape Cod) and England. 
Advanced Manufacturing on Cape Cod
“It’s hard to believe you’re on Cape Cod, isn’t it?” says Mike Esposito, as he looks out over the expansive manufacturing floor at SencorpWhite.
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STEM News & Events

Cape Cod Regional STEM Network September Event

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Event starts at 4:30 pm

Join us for a chance to network about what's going on in STEM across Cape Cod and the Islands.  Come hear about both past and upcoming STEM initiatives, and share your own STEM stories with like-minded people!

Cape Cod Community College Lorusso Technology Building 2nd floor Solarium

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About Us

We are educators, business leaders, and community members who share a commitment to supporting young people’s interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning and careers. We’re inspired by ideas and examples from all over the world, but we’re about building best practices in our local Massachusetts communities—on Cape Cod and the Islands and across Plymouth County.