Increasing Community Involvement in STEM Education K-12

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Welcome to AB PIP STEM

Acton-Boxborough (AB) Parent Involvement Project (PIP) provides K-12 educational enrichment in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) in Acton and Boxborough, Massachusetts. We host annual STEM events like Market Math and the Star Party, offer STEM resources on our website and at the Acton Memorial Library, support STEM community projects, and partner with other STEM groups.

AB PIP STEM welcomes parent volunteers and student volunteers. Student volunteers may qualify for community service credit and the chance to win an AB PIP STEM Scholarship. To volunteer or find out more, send us an email to or attend a monthly meeting.

Our Events

Upcoming STEM Activities

Fall Nature Walk

What: Please join us for a FREE Guided Nature Walk with our guide, Tom Tidman, Director of Acton’s Natural Resources Dept.

Who: School-aged children, Grades 2 through 6. 

When: October 20 from 3:00-4:30pm

Where: Nashoba Brook Conservation Area, 17 Wheeler Lane, Acton

Register:  Sign Up Here.

Info: Read the flyer or see the web page.

Girls Who Code (GWC) Club

What: Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in STEM fields. See Join the GWC club to learn JavaScript, Scratch, AppInventer, Python, HTML/CSS and more to build projects like graphics, video games and websites. The Club hosts guest speakers, runs field trips and helps girls develop skills in collaboration and public speaking.

Who: GWC is for girls in Grades 6-12. 

Where: Acton Memorial Library will host the GWC club. 

When: Meetings are for two hours every week on most Saturdays 9:30 to 11:30 from October 2016 until May 2016. A detailed schedule will be provided. 

Attendance: All girls who are registered for the club are expected to attend 80% of the meetings. Girls will also be required to bring their own computers.

Registration: More information coming soon. 

Geek is Glam

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


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

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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! 

Scholarship News

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 AB PIP STEM Scholarship for graduating Acton-Boxborough seniors with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (shown below). Strong first preference is given to students who volunteered to help lead PIP Community STEM events and activities, such as AB Robotics, Star Parties, Market Math, or the DiscoverSTEM festival. Second preference is given to students pursuing a career in STEM. Find out more.
2016 scholarship winners
from left to right in photo:
Dewi Win (AB PIP STEM, Co-chair), Sarah Gao (Washington University), Sumanya Kumar (U Conn), Maya Haigis (U of Rochester), Izzy Taylor, (University of Vermont), and Rheta Roeber (AB PIP STEM Treasurer)

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