We're building a future with creativity and technology for all kids.
WELCOME TO THE CLASSROOM
Welcome to Code & Circuit, a place where kids can learn about technology, use it to create, and have fun in the process. Come experience our unique, hands-on, interactive approach to learning about computer science, coding, and engineering. Our programs are designed to inspire, and encourage creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
Our classes get young people comfortable with computer science, and help them discover engineering as a tool for problem solving. Our workshops get the whole family involved.
Code & Circuit is a 501c3 non-profit organization, governed by a board of directors.
Our mission is simple: inspire the next generation of computer scientists and engineers.
We want all students who have a strong interest to be able to attend Code & Circuit. For families in need of financial assistance, please contact the Program Manager to learn about the scholarship process. She can be reached at .
Everyone knows that robots are cool, and that computer games are fun, but creating your own robot, or your own game is a life-changing experience.
We're building a community of students and instructors, and that creates a feeling of belonging; a place where students can be themselves and feel valued.
By providing knowledge and guidance to students who want to learn, we're helping them make their ideas a reality. The right mentor can be transformative.
Access to the latest technology and newest gadgets creates a feeling of excitement that inspires. We're always experimenting with the next big thing.
Meet our team
Dr. Towle serves as the newly appointed Executive Director of Code & Circuit. She also serves as the founder of Full Circle Classrooms (FCC). FCC provides consulting, facilitation of workshops, and national/international conference presentations from which educators and school leaders gain tools to create effective, learner-centered landscapes. This, in conjunction with Code & Circuit, has led to school visits with Spot the robotic dog, whereby Lori actively engages students in brain-based learning and Spot demonstrations. Lori completed her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, serves as a member of Education Reimagined, and was a lab member of the MIT Gabrieli Lab.
Lori is a passionate educator who strives to provide students with meaningful, authentic teaching and learning experiences. Her educational philosophy has developed over the past two decades, during which time she was fortunate to teach at all levels, primary through collegiate. Her schooling includes Bowdoin College, The University of Southern Maine, The United States Sports Academy, and Northcentral University. Inspired by personal meetings with Sir Ken Robinson and Scott Barry Kaufman, professional development has focused on educating whole child, creativity in schools, and rethinking education.
Founder, Board, Instructor
After receiving a degree in computer science from Wheaton College in 2000, Ken co-founded software company Ecamm Network. Recognizing the need for mentoring and inspiration in the field of computer science, Ken founded Code & Circuit in 2014. Ken creates, teaches and co-teaches many of the Code & Circuit classes and programs. In addition to teaching computer science, he is passionate about nature, and supports local land conservation efforts.
With a passion for charting new programs to benefit our youth, Alicia developed the annual Newburyport Elementary STEM Expo, a day-long hands-on learning experience for curious young minds, uniting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math organizations throughout New England with local youth. Having a zeal for project management and relationship building, Alicia leads our program planning and development at Code & Circuit. Having received a masters degree from the Harvard School of Public Health after earning an undergraduate degree in Psychology/Biology from Mount Holyoke, she brings years of experience working in various capacities for a non-profit to support families of children with special needs. For extracurricular interests, Alicia enjoys stained glass making and learning coding for the creative expression it allows.
Bill Schaller is part of our Maker Team at Code & Circuit. Bill brings his background in software engineering, and his life-long love of robots, building, and tinkering to bear as he works with students on their projects.
Gail Ramsay is a K-12 Massachusetts certified Instructional Technology Specialist who coordinates and leads our K-2 level classes at Code & Circuit. With a Masters of Science in Educational Technology and 20 years’ experience as an educator, her enthusiasm is evident in her classes. Prior to her work in the schools, Gail earned the "Publishers Award" from the New York Times as well as the "Unsung Hero Award" for her work in the Northeast Region, deploying laptops to reps in the field and providing computer training. Currently, Gail works as a consultant delivering software training, and she is on adjunct faculty at the North Shore Community College, where she enjoys teaching computer classes.
Christopher Bouton, Ph.D.
Dr. Bouton received his BA in Neuroscience (Magna Cum Laude) from Amherst College in 1996 and his Ph.D. in Molecular Neurobiology from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. Dr. Bouton is the CEO of Vyasa Analytics, applying novel deep learning approaches for enterprise clients. Previously Dr. Bouton was the CEO of Entagen a software company founded in 2008 that provided innovative Big Data products including Extera and TripleMap. Entagen's technologies won numerous awards including the "Innovative Technology of the Year Award for Big Data" from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council in 2012 and Entagen was recognized as a Gartner "Cool Vendor" in the Life Sciences in 2013. Entagen was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2013. Prior to his role as the CEO of Entagen, Dr. Bouton worked as a computational biologist at LION Bioscience Research Inc. and Aveo Pharmaceuticals from 2001 and 2004, leading the microarray data analysis functions at both companies. In 2004 he accepted the position of Head of Integrative Data Mining for Pﬁzer and led a group of Ph.D. level scientists conducting research in the areas of computational biology, systems biology, knowledge engineering, software development, machine learning and large-scale ‘omics data analysis. While at Pfizer, Dr. Bouton conceived of and implemented an organization-wide knowledgebase called Pfizerpedia for which he won the 2007 William E. Upjohn Award in Innovation. Dr. Bouton is an author on over a dozen scientific papers and book chapters and his work has been covered in a number of industry news articles.
Rachel Harris is a registered architect with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Computer science from Boston University. She did the interior design for Code & Circuit and enjoys helping with Intro to Computer Science and Coding Club.
Stephanie Gottwald, Ph.D.
Stephanie Gottwald, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder and Director of Content at Curious Learning, a non-profit that has created an open source platform solution to deliver and monitor education apps in communities with limited resources. At Curious Learning, she oversees the creation and deployment of literacy and cognitive assessment and learning apps. Stephanie also served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University where she directs research into the identification and intervention of dyslexia. Her research interests include the interaction between the acquisition of spoken and written languages and technological tools for language and literacy instruction. Stephanie is the co-author with Dr. Maryanne Wolf of the newly released Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century: The Literary Agenda. She holds an M.A. from Boston College and a Ph.D. from Tufts University in Linguistics and Literacy.
Mark is an MIT engineer with extensive hardware, software, and firmware design and development experience. With this background, he’s implemented numerous products, devices, and real time embedded systems over his career, with some of them shot into space. He’s a member of the MIT Educational Council, and brought the FIRST Robotics program to Amesbury and Sparhawk high school several years ago, where he continues with his mentorship.
As the Technology Integration Specialist/Media Specialist for a local school, Catherine Page is fortunate to be able to combine her interest in technology with her love of literature. She holds a Master’s in Education/Media, with a concentration in Instructional Technology, and will soon hold an Education Specialist degree in Instructional Technology.
Born in Xi'an, China, Cindy received her B.S. degree in Space Physics from Peking University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include Spatio-Temporal Databases, Data Mining, Social Networks, Cloud Computing and Big Data.
George S. Haight IV
George is an intellectual property attorney practicing in Boston. George’s law practice involves both the procurement and protection of intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks and copyrights. Before embarking on his legal career, George was a systems engineer for Lockheed Martin where he helped design, build and install air traffic control systems throughout the world. George received his engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, majoring in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics. George graduated from the University Of New Hampshire School Of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center).
Annie is certified in Elementary and ELL/ESL and has thirteen years experience teaching in Lawrence, Lowell, and Amesbury. Before teaching, she worked in electronic publishing and morphed that passion into web design and maintenance. She is an animal lover and avid reader. She holds a B.F.A. Fine Arts from SMFA in Boston, B.A. Art History from Tufts, and M.Ed., Elementary Education from Lesley.
Steve Sanborn, Ed. D.
Steve is the PreK-12 Science Program Coordinator for Andover Public Schools. Over his 30 year career in science education, he has taught biology and life sciences at the middle and high school levels in private, public, and charter schools. He has an interest in international education and has taught as Fulbright Teacher in both Hungary and India. Steve is a National Board Certified Biology Teacher and holds a doctoral degree in science education from UMass-Lowell.
Shawn is a MA certified Math/Science teacher currently teaching STEM at a local public middle school. He brings 15 years of teaching experience and working with kids to Code & Circuit.
Dane Fawkes is part of our Maker Team at Code & Circuit. By day, Dane is a Project Manager at DEKA Research & Development. He has degrees in Mechanical Engineering, business, and management.
As head of the Precision group at Matter, Jennifer helps start-ups and established companies identify and hone this relevancy to shape the communications strategies that help businesses grow. Jennifer’s Precision group has implemented successful campaigns for Qorvo, a member of the S&P 500, MIT and MIT Sloan, Chronicle Books, Mystic Seaport, Nature Nate’s honey, RCN, Sappi, and many other B2B and B2C organizations looking for a focused PR offering.She has served on PR teams for some of the world’s largest brands, including Apple, Motorola, Hewlett Packard, News International, and Polartec Fabrics. Board experience includes the Newburyport YWCA, which included the capital campaign to build a new pool, and Heronfield Academy, which included the negotiation and purchase of their Hampton Falls, MA campus. Jennifer is an award-winning writer and author. She received a B.A. from Middlebury College before the internet was invented.
Bruce McBrien is a veteran teacher of over 20 years with the Amesbury School District as an Instructional Technologist, technology coach, and technology integration specialist. Bruce has been coding with elementary students for over two decades, and helping students discover that computers are not mysterious, just doing what they are told. Through Logo, and Microworlds, Bruce used the software with students to explore geometry and encourage critical thinking. With the advent of block programming like Scratch, he saw a world of opportunity open up and quickly realized that even his Kindergarteners could code. Now, Scratch is a core component of the instructional environment in his classroom, with more and more activities and projects evolving every year. Coding takes place in before and after-school programs in his classroom as well as here at Code & Circuit where Scratch, Robotics, Green Screen Video and Stop Motion Animation are just some of the activities enjoyed outside of school hours. Bruce is an enthusiastic advocate of coding for students because he feels it is the best venue out there for encouraging critical thinking, promoting problem solving and perhaps most importantly, developing perseverance in students. He looks forward to introducing many more students to programming, coding and exploring all things digital in the years ahead.
A committed educator with more than 19 years of teaching experience, John Gangemi earned his Master of Education: Curriculum and Instruction degree from UMass Lowell, where he graduated summa cum laude. In the classroom, he focuses on building Math skills and helps his students develop crucial 21st century skills like coding and keyboarding, by incorporating technology into instruction.
Like any good dog, ‘He brought smiles in a year that’s been a struggle for everybody’ — Boston Globe, June 4, 2021
Ken Aspeslagh ‘00 starts computer lab for kids — Wheaton Magazine Fall 2018
Amesbury program aims to close tech gender gap — Newburyport Daily News, January 16, 2018
Students team up to measure time, tides of Powow River — Eagle-Tribune, April 17, 2017
For Computer Whiz Kids, the Sky's the Limit — Boston Globe, December 16th, 2016