Our STEM Network

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. But it means more than that to us.

It’s about learning that draws on math and science concepts, but also incorporates teamwork and makes appropriate use of technology and engineering methodologies. It’s about innovation.

The Cape Cod Regional STEM network brings together educators, school districts, business and industry partners, and community members who share a commitment to inspiring and supporting young people’s interest and achievement in STEM learning and careers.

We’re building a vibrant STEM learning community, with the skills to excel at school and in the world of work. We are an informal network, welcoming all who share this vision to join us.

Supporting STEM at School and in the Community

Since 2014, we have:

  • Partnered with over 65 business and organizations who have shared STEM experiences with young people in our communities
  • Hosted professional development experiences for more than 260 teachers, with programs ranging from one-day workshops to four-day institutes
  • Reached over 2000 students at STEM-focused community events
  • Launched a successful summer Teacher-in-Residence program that pairs teachers with researchers and leaders at six of the region’s top cultural institutions
  • Organized career and transfer events each semester to encourage college and college students to pursue STEM pathways
  • Awarded over $45,000 in small grants to teachers, faculty, and non-profit educational outreach groups for creating and teaching STEM in exciting ways

 

Who We Are

The go-to people leading the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network’s efforts:

Program Director

Jill Neumayer DePiper brings teaching, teacher professional development, and research experiences to her role in supporting STEM in our schools and communities. Her research focused on best instructional practices across grade levels and community engagement. Jill has a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Maryland.

Advisory Board

The Network’s Board of Advisors is chaired by Bob Cody, Dean of Mathematics, Science, Business, Technology and Workforce Education at Cape Cod Community College. Before joining the college, Bob spent 25 years in the private sector, where he was known as a technology-innovator in the chemical industry. He is active in various technology-focused organizations on Cape Cod.

Our other Advisory Board members are:

Mike Esposito is Director of Engineering and Technology at SencorpWhite, an advanced manufacturing firm Hyannis. Mike has spent over 25 years as an engineering and technology leader. As SencorpWhite’s internship coordinator, Mike connects local industry with STEM learners. He believes learning is more effective when what students are doing is personally meaningful.

Amy Fish is the Innovation Studio Facilitator in the Bourne Public Schools. The Studio is a 4,000 square foot “makerspace,” where she helps teachers from across the curriculum create inquiry-based projects for their students in grades K–12. Amy has taught engineering, math, science, and Spanish. She is passionate about getting students out from behind their desks and actively involved in their learning.

Peter Karlson is the founder and CEO of NeuEon, Inc., a technology consultancy based in the Boston area. NeuEon provides strategic guidance and advice to businesses and nonprofits with the goal of helping them become smarter about the ways they use technology. Peter is an entrepreneur at heart, although his company advises both established organizations and startups.

Barbara Knoss is the Director of Education & Volunteers at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster. The Museum’s mission includes helping learners of all ages explore their potential as “citizen scientists.” Cultivating a sense of wonder is a priority for Barbara. She also brings 35 years of elementary school teaching and teacher training experience to her role on our Advisory Board.

Leila Maxwell has 25 years of experience as an educator. She has taught mathematics in grades 9–12, served as a high school assistant principal, and is now Director of STEM Instruction for the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District. Her focus includes making sure STEM teaching supports all students’ learning. Leila is a numbers person: before becoming a teacher, she was vice principal at an international actuarial consulting firm.  

Susan West serves as the Science Curriculum Coordinator for Grades 6–12 for Barnstable Public Schools. She works in the community’s intermediate school as well as in the high school. Susan honed her awareness of students’ changing developmental needs in over 20 years as a science teacher—she taught biology at all levels. She has also developed and taught science courses especially for students who are English language learners.