Inspiring kids’ love of science through the power of story.

Pendred “Penny” Noyce

Penny Noyce is a doctor, educator, and writer. She grew up in California, completed a degree in biochemistry at Harvard and a medical degree at Stanford, and did her residency in internal medicine in Minnesota. She then moved to the Boston area, where she practiced at a community health center for several years. For 25 years, she helped lead the Noyce Foundation, established in honor of her father, Robert Noyce, co-inventor of the integrated circuit and co-founder of Intel. The foundation focused on improving science education nationwide, with a focus on afterschool science. From 1993-2002, Penny helped lead a statewide math and science improvement effort called PALMS in the state of Massachusetts. She gradually withdrew from medical practice to focus on her education work and on raising her five children. She has served on the boards of numerous non-profits, including most recently the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, TERC, the Libra Foundation of Maine, the Concord Consortium, and the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications. For five years, she served on the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and she is a member of the AAAS Public Outreach Committee.

As her older children set off for college, Penny began writing for middle-grade children. Her first two novels for children, Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers, and The Ice Castle: An Adventure in Music are published by Scarletta Press; The Beechwood Flute is published by Calumet Editions; and 9 other books, including three NSTA award winners, have been published by Tumblehome. Penny works closely with all Tumblehome authors as editor and sometimes mentor, and she directs Tumblehome’s overall strategy and direction.

Barnas Monteith

Barnas Monteith runs Tumblehome Learning, which focuses on creating  curriculum and learning materials for K-12 science and engineering education. Barnas has served for many years as Chairman of the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair, Inc. — the oldest dedicated inquiry based science education non-profit in the state. As a young student, Barnas was one of the most successful science fair participants in MSSEF history, with four 1st place MSSEF wins, four 1st place Regional wins, two International (ISEF) 1st place Grand Awards, and a number of other scholarships and special first prize awards. His projects focused on the study of dinosaur and bird evolution using fossilized eggshell microstructures and biochemistry. Today, he continues to mentor students developing their own science fair projects.

A graduate of Tufts University, Barnas spent nearly a decade doing paleontology expeditions in many of the major vertebrate fossil-bearing beds of North America. He did work at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology researching the Triassic vertebrates of Arizona, including possible Phytosaur nesting behaviors, and was one of the youngest researchers ever to present a plenary lecture at the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology. Later, he conducted research at MIT Media Lab and based on this technology, started several successful technology companies focusing on software, wearable tech, and the manufacture of synthetic diamonds for the semiconductor, lighting and energy industries.

Barnas has served on the Massachusetts Department of Education Math & Science Advisory Council and the inaugural Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, as Chair of its Public Awareness subcommittee. He has authored a number of patents, published scientific articles in a variety of areas of paleobiology, energy/semiconductors and materials science and speaks regularly at STEM education events and conferences throughout the world.

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