With the support of the science institutions, a group of interested individuals organized a series of educational forums in the village of Woods Hole. The forums brought together large numbers of people from all the Woods Hole research institutions and agencies, the Falmouth school system, Falmouth Academy, the community, and science-related businesses who wanted to be involved in assisting and supporting K-12 science education in the local schools. These forums led to the formation of the Woods Hole Science and Technology Education Partnership (WHSTEP) as a collaboration of schools, science institutions and agencies, businesses and community members “to support, promote and enhance science education, and science literacy in the participating communities.” WHSTEP has since expanded to include the Bourne and Mashpee Schools as well as those in Falmouth.
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has served as both informal home to WHSTEP and its fiscal agent. All member organizations provide financial support through annual dues, and also have provided material resources, meeting space, and staff time and expertise.
Member SchoolsBourne Public Schools
Falmouth Public Schools
Mashpee Public Schools
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
Member OrganizationsMarine Biological Laboratory
NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Sea Education Association
USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole Research Center