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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 is the hub of the region's STEM Learning Ecosystem. We bring 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 85 business and organizations who have shared STEM experiences with young people in our communities
  • Hosted professional development experiences for more than 300 teachers, with programs ranging from one-day workshops to four-day institutes
  • Launched a Vex robotics competition league for area middle and high schools with 32 teams competing
  • Reached thousands of students each year at STEM-focused community events
  • Offered a 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 high school 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

Director & Co-Chair of Advisory Board

Bridget Burger brings over twenty years of combined experience in math teaching and curriculum development at the secondary school level, as well as nonprofit leadership, fundraising, and community program development. Her experience has included developing experiential, culturally-relevant STEM curriculum for Pacific Islanders, creating project-based, ELL, and developmental math curriculum for vocational schools, and collaborating across stakeholders to deliver high-quality educational programs in the communities she serves. A graduate of Yale, with a Master's Degree in Education from Lesley University, she is an Ethnomathematics and STEM Institute Scholar at the University of Hawaii Manoa College of Education. She serves on the boards of Cape Cod Technology Council, Barnstable High School Chapter 74 Environmental Technology program, Barnstable Clean Water Coalition, and is Vice Commodore of Barnstable Yacht Club. As the Director of the STEM Network, she is committed to expanding access, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented populations in STEM, from Pre-Kindergarten to career across Cape Cod and the Islands.

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board members are:

Chris Adams serves as Chief of Staff at the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. In his role at the Chamber, he leads government relations & public policy development, and is Program Director for the Cape Cod Blue Economy Project. Mr. Adams has been very active in the Cape community for decades and has a thorough understanding of complex issues such as energy, transportation, maritime, water resources, and the environment. He has been a small business owner, worked for two members of the U.S. Congress, been very involved in local marine industry, and serves as a fire department officer, EMT and public safety dive team leader. A Cape native, Chris graduated from Barnstable High School and holds a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University.

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.

Michael P. Looney, Sr. currently serves as Director of Career and Technical Education for the Mashpee Public School System, and has served as instructor of Technology Engineering Education at both the Mashpee middle and high school levels for the past 16 years. Michael has held leadership positions for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts including serving on the Infrastructure Subcommittee to develop the first statewide STEM plan and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. Michael earned an undergraduate degree in technology education and a Master of Science in Communications Media from Fitchburg State University. He also earned a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in School Administration from American International College.

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.