Increasing Community Involvement in STEM Education K-12

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Welcome to AB PIP STEM

Acton-Boxborough (AB) Parent Involvement Project (PIP) hosts K-12 educational enrichment events in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) in Acton and Boxborough, Massachusetts. 


Market MathStar PartyNature WalkDiscover STEMBook ClubFamily Math Games
Market MathStar PartyNature WalksDiscover STEMBook ClubMath Games

In addition to hosting STEM events like Market Math and the Star Party, we provide STEM resources on our website and at the Acton Memorial Library. We also partner with other STEM groups and support STEM community projects.

Event Calendar

Find out about our events and meetings on our Calendar page, read the AB PIP STEM Brochure or print the one-page AB PIP STEM Event List. We encourage new participants and volunteers! Come to a Meeting or drop in to an AB PIP STEM event. Please join us! 

Volunteers Needed

AB PIP STEM welcomes parent volunteers and student volunteers. Student volunteers qualify for community service credit and the chance to win an AB PIP STEM Scholarship. To find out more about volunteer opportunities, send us an email to


Seema Bhalchandra Co-Chair 
Dewi Win Co-Chair
Karen Herther Coach & Co-Chair Emerita

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Fall STEM Activities

Come to the STEM Geek IS Glam Event!
Attention: Elementary and Middle School (grades 4-8) Girls  

On Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 9 to 5 at (WPI) Worcester Polytechnic Institutethe STEM GIG (Geek IS Glam) event will take place. This program (presented by the Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts) exposes girls to hands-on interactive workshops, career panel discussions, demonstrations, crazy inventions and an open expo in one fun-packed day. Last year, 500 girls participated in the GIG and the goal this year is to bring this great opportunity to 500-600 girls!

Snacks, an all-you-can-eat lunch in the college dining hall, t-shirt and backpack are all included with the registration fee! Questions? Contact

Summer STEM Activities

AB PIP STEM Offers Summer Bridge Workbooks

New this year, AB PIP STEM is offering Summer Bridge Activities workbooks to help your children prevent "summer slide." (This is a different product line from previous years.) The award-winning Summer Bridge books keep your students Math and Reading skills sharp and prepare them for the next year. All books are $14.99 including shipping directly to your home.
  • Includes Math, Reading, Writing, Science, Fitness, and more...
  • Updated for 2016!
  • Aligned to current state standards
  • Includes FREE online companion
  • Organized by daily activities
  • 160 colorful pages
  • Read the flyer
  • Visit and use school code: ABPIP
  • Order online before school ends!
Proceeds support popular AB PIP STEM events, such as Market Math Mania, Star Party, and Discover STEM, as well as yearly scholarships. Samples of the workbooks are on view in the childrens' areas of the Acton and Sargent Memorial Libraries. For more information, email with any questions.

AB PIP STEM to Hold Mixing in Math Book Sale

AB PIP STEM will hold a book sale of Mixing in Math (MiM) products on Saturday June 4, coinciding with the Friends of the Acton Library Book Sale. Look for our table between the Acton Town Hall and the Acton Memorial Library from 10:00-1:00 pm. Prices range from $9.95-12.95. Read the flyer.

MiM materials consist of a large bank of activities, games, and projects for ages 2-12, based on over 15 years of research and development supported in part by The National Science Foundation. MiM has been piloted all over the US, in settings ranging from homes to museums to preschools. Research demonstrates that children and adults using MiM build math skills and confidence, promote understanding of math in everyday life, and promote positive math attitudes. MiM is designed to be accessible to everyone, including those with little mathematical comfort or confidence.

A portion of each sale will be donated to AB PIP STEM!
Support our K-12 educational enrichment events in Science, Technology, Engineering in Math in Acton and Boxborough. 

Thank you for attending 3rd Grade Market Math

Every year at Market Math, we hold an estimation contest. This year, the number of cheese puffs in our contest was 80. Amazingly, we had three winners who estimated the puffs EXACTLY! Congratulations to Lexi, Margo, and Szymon! Each of you will receive a Galileoscope. We'll contact you to deliver your prizes.

Thank You for Attending DiscoverSTEM


Many thanks to our Guests, ExhibitorsSponsors and Volunteers at our DiscoverSTEM event on Monday evening November 2 at ABRHS. 

Check out the DiscoverSTEM2015 Photo Gallery and read all about it in the Worcester Journal article.

ABRHS Resource Force
The ABRHS Resource Force delivered solar energy solutions, conservation techniques and composting ideas at DiscoverSTEM 2015.

Cool Exhibits

Girls Who Code

The Girls Who Code Clubs Program teaches computer science to 6th-12th grade girls. This unique and scalable model enables girls nationally to access Girls Who Code in their communities. Clubs have launched nationally in over 25 states, helping thousands of girls learn how to code. 

Interested in starting up a Girls Who Code Club? Contact us

STEM in the News

Top 5 Science iPad Apps
Check out the educational apps for Apple's iPad that make science visual and fun, according to PC Magazine.

Science & Engineering Sites for Girls

Biology & Chemistry Online
See the Visible Body and Winking Skull for the latest in anatomy & physiology or the Periodic Table of Videos for chemistry online.

Finding Math and Science All Around
Visit websites from the AB Elementary Curriculum Coordinators, Math Matters and Snapshots—Elementary Science and Social Studies.

Turning Stem to Steam

The equation for 21st century problem solving: STEM + Art = STEAM. Innovation remains tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engin eering, & Math: the STEM subjects. The STEAM movement adds Art + Design into STEM to transform STEM into STEAM.

For more STEM in the News and AB PIP STEM recaps, see Science & Math Resources, Science & Math NewsAB PIP STEM news or archives.