Increasing Community Involvement in STEM Education K-12

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. 

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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 2015-2016 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 (978) 263-6742

2016 AB PIP STEM Events

Market Math Star Party Nature Walk Discover STEM Book Club Family Math Games
Market Math Star Party Nature Walks Discover STEM Book Club Math Games

Find AB PIP STEM resources on our website and at the library. We also partner with other STEM groups and support STEM community projects.

5th Grade Market Math

Thanks to all who attended 5th Grade Market Math, a fun-filled, hands-on, math-focused evening featuring activity stations at Roche Bros. Supermarket, Route 111, Acton MA. At each Market Math event, we hold an estimation contest.

February 2016 Contest Winner: The actual number of conversation hearts in the 5th Grade Market Math estimation contest was 609. Congratulations to Casey Corkery with his winning estimate of 580! Casey will receive a galileoscope. We'll contact Casey to make arrangements for prize delivery. Thank you to all who entered the estimation Contest!

Family Skate "Fun"draiser

What: Join us for the 17th Annual Community Skate "FUN"draiser with ice skating, music and snacks. Donation: $5 per person or $20 per family. All proceeds will benefit AB PIP STEM science and technology events, Acton-area Food Pantries (Acton Community Supper, Loaves and Fishes, Open Table), Teen Wellness and Eco programs ( Skate rentals are available. 
Where: Nashoba Valley Olympia (rink #3), Rt 111 in Boxborough
When: Sunday, February 28, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Who: All Welcome. 
Details: Learn more about the Family Skate "FUN"draiser 

2016 Acton Under the Stars

What: AB PIP STEM invites AB adults for a night of astronomy and stargazing.
Where: Parker-Damon Building, Acton MA
When: Monday, March 7, 2016 Open House, 8pm to 10pm (Cloud dates: March 8 and 9)
Who: Adults Only this year because of changes to the curriculum. Find out more.

2016 AB PIP STEM Book Club

What: Participate in a lively discussion of the book What's Math Got to Do with It?: How Parents and Teachers Can Help Children Learn to Love Their Least Favorite Subject by Jo Boaler. Dr. Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and a regular contributor to national television and radio in the US and the UK.
Where: The Discovery Museums, Rt. 27 Acton
When: Monday, March 14 – Pi Day!  From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Who: Adults & Teens
Info:  The book discussion is sponsored by The Discovery Museums and AB PIP STEM. FREE, but preregistration is required. Call 978-264-4200 x20 to register. To borrow the book, email  Read the flyer

Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

A program called "Made with Code" inspires millions of girls to try coding, and helps them understand the creative things they can do with computer science. 

On, girls can use the introductory programming language Blockly to animate the lights of the state and territory trees that will decorate President’s Park, one of America’s 401 national parks and home to the White House, through the holidays. Find out more.

White House Christmas Tree Lights

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.