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Cape Cod Regional STEM Network Named to Highly Selective National Initiative

STEM Funders Network to support Cape Cod Regional STEM Network in collaborations that impact youth from preschool through college and engage students during and after school.

The Cape Cod Regional STEM Network, hosted at Cape Cod Community College, has just been selected to join the STEM Learning Ecosystems national initiative to make a significant impact on STEM education and workforce development. The Cape Cod Regional STEM Network is one of 17 regional Ecosystems added to the national Initiative, which now encompasses 54 communities.

Science on the Street participant“The College, through its STEM Network, is extremely honored to have been chosen to participate in this very selective group of organizations and individuals working to increase STEM learning outcomes for all young students. We join other highly respected collaborators including the New York City STEM network, and our local partners including the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole (MBL), in developing new was of supporting STEM teaching and learning. This is national recognition of the quality of our STEM faculty, staff, and partners, and I add my personal congratulations,“ noted President John Cox.

In just two years, the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative has become a thriving network of hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals, joined in regional partnerships. The Cape Cod Regional STEM Network was selected because of a demonstrated commitment to cross-sector collaborations in afterschool and summer programs, at home, with local business and industry partners, and in science centers, libraries and other places both virtual and physical. As STEM Ecosystems evolve, students will be able to connect what is learned in and out of school with real-world opportunities.

“It makes sense to collaborate with like-minded organizations, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy,” said Jill Neumayer DePiper, Director of the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network. “STEM Ecosystems provides technical assistance and infrastructure support so that we can tailor quality STEM learning opportunities to our specific needs across the Cape and Islands, while leveraging the experience of similar alliances across the country.” Members of the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network include schools and districts across the Cape and Islands, business partners, museums and non-profits, and industry leaders.  Over the past three years, the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network has supported more than 260 teachers, hosted over 3000 students at STEM-focused community events, and organized career and outreach events to involve community members and students in STEM.

To kick off its summer programming, on Thursday June 1, from 4:30–6:00pm, two scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will present their research on ocean science in the Solarium of the Lorusso Applied Technology Building on the College’s West Barnstable campus. This is free, and open to the public, with ice cream for all to celebrate the new STEM initiative.

More about the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network can be found here:

Join online conversations on Twitter: @STEMecosystems and @CapeCodSTEM.

About the STEM Funders Network: The STEM Funders Network brings together grant makers working in STEM to learn from one another, leverage their collective resources and collaborate on high-impact projects they could not undertake alone. See

STEM Ecosystems funding and local supporting members of the STEM Funders Network include: Amgen Foundation, Broadcom Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York, KDK-Harman Foundation, Motorola Solutions FoundationOverdeck Family Foundation, Pinkerton Foundation, Samueli Foundation, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Simons Foundation, Steinman Foundation, STEM Next (Supported by the Noyce Foundation), and Tiger Woods Foundation.

Images: (Above) A Science on the Street participant learning about biomarkers at the May 18, 2017 event at CCCC. (Below) Cambridge Science Festival volunteers at Science On The Street, May 18, 2017.

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