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How Local Buried Treasure Became Part of Upper Cape STEM Program

July 10, 2015 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

An archeological dig that lead to the discovery of buried treasure in downtown Sandwich and how that is furthering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs in the Upper Cape town will be the subject of the Cape Cod Technology Council’s July First Friday Breakfast. The presentation will be preceded by remarks on STEM development on the Cape and Islands by Jill Neumayer DePiper, Director of the new Cape Cod Regional STEM Network.

The breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Hyannis Golf Club on Route 132, Hyannis on Friday, July 10, 2015, the second Friday of the month due to the prior week’s holiday. The event is open to the public.

Executive Director Tom Keyes of the North Atlantic Archaeological Collaborative and Archaeologist David Wheelock will share the fascinating story of the Cape Cod discovery.   The Keyes discovered their 1817 home was really pre-1650 during renovation which led to the unearthing of the original location by Shawme Pond. They will bring artifacts found at the Thomas Tobey dig site such as the whale vertebrae that was used as a chopping block found still in the original hearth, Native American arrowheads, jewelry and pottery.  Their entertaining presentation will unravel the lost history of one of the original founders of Cape Cod.

Tom will also discuss how the work became a topic of learning at Sandwich’s STEM program for middle schoolers, housed in a wing of that town’s high school. Tom describes how the NAAC was established. “The Collaborative is a nonprofit created to inspire, educate, promote and preserve the historical importance of local and regional archaeological and historical sites.  Our archaeologist are extremely accomplished and our Board of Directors is filled with very talented educators and business professionals.  This initiative is born from our 2011 discovery of an extremely rare, intact, early 17th Century home site located on my property during the rehab of our home.  Four years of archaeology later and we’re launching an open-air museum, advising the Sandwich STEM Academy in archaeology, and providing archaeological and preservation services to private and public properties.  I’ll be using my professional skills as a business coach and operations specialist along with my public and campaign skills to assure successful operation of this entity,” Keyes explains.

Tom Keyes has served on the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates and as a Sandwich Selectman as well as on numerous boards and committees including: Water Quality Review Committee, Sandwich Economic Development Committee as liaison of the Board of Selectmen, Cemetery Commission, Assembly of Delegates Standing Committee on Economic Affairs, the 21st Century Taskforce to review the Cape Cod Commission and draft operational changes to the County Commissioners, President of the Cape Cod Selectmen and Councilors’ Association and Board of Directors, and member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Selectmen and Councilors’ Association.

He founded his private practice, Keyes Quality Systems in 1998, providing, business coaching and consulting as well as contract services in management, ethics and compliance.

Jill Neumayer DePiper brings both teaching and research experiences to her role in supporting STEM in schools and communities as the Director of the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network. She has been a mathematics teacher and researcher, designed and facilitated teacher professional development across multiple areas, and taught graduate-level courses in mathematics and science education.  Her research has focused on best instructional practices across grade levels and community engagement, and she has published on mathematics teacher knowledge, pre-service teacher development, and specific supports for students who are English Learners.  Jill has a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Maryland and lives with her family in Falmouth.

The CCTC event includes networking and a hot breakfast followed by the presentation and questions and answers. The charge for CCTC members is $15, while there is a $20 charge for non-members. To sign up or to obtain more information on CCTC visit the organization’s website at capecodtechcouncil.org.


July 10, 2015
7:30 am - 9:00 am
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Hyannis Golf Course
1840 Iyannough Rd
Hyannis, MA 02601 United States
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