The Team

Pendred “Penny” Noyce

Pendred (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. In 1991, she helped establish the Noyce Foundation in honor of her father, Robert Noyce, co-inventor of the integrated circuit and co-founder of Intel. The foundation focuses on improving K-12 education, particularly in mathematics and 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.

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. As well as chairing Tumblehome Learning’s board, Penny serves as the editorial lead for our Galactic Academy of Science series of science mysteries. Tumblehome Learning represents a convergence of Penny’s interests in science, education, and great writing for kids.

Penny loves to travel, ski, ride horses, and explore islands.


Barnas Monteith

bheadshotBarnas Monteith is Chairman of the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair, Inc. — the oldest dedicated inquiry based science education non-profit in MA, and one of the oldest in the U.S.. 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, awards at the European Youth Science Exchange, Nynex Science & Technology Awards, the Edison Award, the Naval Science Research Award, and a number of other scholarships and special first prize awards. His projects focused on the study of dinosaur and bird evolution using fossilized egghsell microstructures and biochemistry, utilizing computer models. Barnas spent nearly a decade doing paleontology expeditions throughout much of the major vertebrate fossil-bearing beds of North America. Throughout college and beyond, he did work at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparatize 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. Since that time, he has started several successful technology companies – most recently foraying into semiconductor R&D, specializing in the commercialization of synthetic diamond products, with a focus on IC planarization, as well as the renewable energy and high efficiency lighting markets.

Barnas has also won a Gordon & Betty Moore  Foundation SPARK award for science inquiry, and in recent years has won various recognitions for his work to create STEM research collaborations between US and Chinese institutions, as well as various advisory appointments to schools, including the Beijing Academy of Science & Technology, and top university honors for his work on international collaboration from China’s National Academy of Science, and the Beijing Aoxiang Institute.

Barnas serves on the MA Department of Education / DESE’s Math & Science Advisory Council, and was appointed by Governor Patrick to serve as a member of the inaugural Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, as Co-Chair of its Public Awareness subcommittee, which has launched the statewide WOW STEM campaign. As a STEM activist, he has served on numerous school task forces, legislative working groups and out of sheer frustration, has even resorted to filing his own STEM legislation as a citizen. He has co-authored several patents pending, published a number of scientific articles in the areas of paleobiology and materials science and speaks regularly at STEM education and industry events and conferences throughout the world.



Peter Y. Wong, Ph.D.

peterheadshot-150x150Peter has been involved with engineering research and education throughout his career as a Research Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Tufts University (Medford, MA); Director of University Relations and Director of Middle School Engineering Curriculum at the Museum of Science, Boston, MA; Founder and Director of the K2 Enrichment Program in Newton, MA; Board Member of the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair; and now as Co-Founder of Tumblehome Learning. He has taught undergraduate courses ranging from fluid mechanics to instruments and experiments to gourmet engineering (heat transfer in the kitchen). He has produced over 85 technical journal and conference publications, five pending patents, three middle school algebra and engineering supplemental books, and one women in engineering outreach guide. He has worked on several websites related to engineering for k-12 student. He has directed dozens of undergraduate students in research, advised 13 graduate engineering students, and reviewed18 graduate students as a thesis committee member. His after-school program, K2 Enrichment Program, has been running since 2005, generating science & engineering interest in numerous young children ever year.

Peter’s primary and secondary education were in the Boston Public School system, and he graduated from Boston Latin School in 1986. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (senior thesis work related to thermal processing of High Temperature superconductors) and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (master thesis work numerical modeling of zone-melting recrystallization of silicon wafers) from Tufts University in 1991. His doctoral research focused on numerical modeling of radiant thermal processing of semiconductors; and he received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University in 1995. Through independent research, professional workshops, and collaborations with colleagues, Peter continues his lifelong learning in technical topics (e.g., comparative biomechanics, microelectromechanical systems, biomedical devices, and nanotechnology) and educational areas (e.g., k-12 STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] education, undergraduate engineering education, professional development for teachers, and informal science education). Through this work with Tumblehome Learning, he is learning and applying concepts related to social networking, 21st century skills, contemporary educational technologies, and personalized education.

Key Staff:

Rebecca Raibley, VP of Human Resources, Boston

Pat Monteith, VP Marketing & Special Projects

Yu-Yi Ling, Director, Asia-Pacific, Taipei; Operations Specialist

Sabrina Liu, Manager, Weston Office Operations

Tianxia “Angella” Xu, Manager, Design & Social Media

Kaitlyn Leidl, Curriculum Developer, Workshop Coordinator

Sarah Campbell, Staff Blogger, Tumblehome Talks

Veronica Wharton, Design/Programming, Games & Apps

Meghana Vagwala, Design/Programming, Games & Apps

Nana Kwasi Kwakwa, Engineering, Special Projects Team

Ali Nagle, Coordinator, Special Projects Team