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2019 Thanks for Attending the Night of Code

The Night of Code is our annual fun-filled introduction to computer science through games and activities from This event coincides with Computer Science Education Week.

DiscoverSTEM2019 was a big success! Find out more.  Congratulations to our Golden Ticket and Big Ticket winners. Here is the list of winners!! Please contact us at to arrange pickup. Thanks to all who attended and supported our event including: students, families, community members, sponsors, partners, contributors and volunteers. 


Nature Walk
Thanks for attending the Spring Nature Walk with Tom Tidman
at Pratt's Brook on May 9, 2019, 3:00-4:00pm. Come to our next Nature Walk in the fall.

Congratulations to the 3rd Grade Market Math Estimation Winner! The number of jelly beans in the 3rd Grade Market Math's estimation contest was 303. Congratulations to Peide with an amazing winning estimate of 302! Peide will receive a Galileoscope. We'll contact Peide to make arrangements for prize delivery. Thanks to all who attended 3rd Grade Market Math on Wednesday, April 3 at the Roche Bros Supermarket. 
Market Math

Congratulations to the 5th Grade Market Math Estimation Winner!
 The number of conversation hearts in the 5th Grade Market Math's estimation contest was 479. Congratulations to Dev of Acton with a winning estimate of 439! We'll contact Dev's family to arrange for prize delivery. Thanks to all who attended 5th Grade Market Math at Roche Bros
  in Acton. 

A big thank you to everyone who attended the Community Skate FUNdraiser, Sunday, March 3 at the Nashoba Valley Olympia Rink in Boxborough and the 
 Free DocumentaryA Plastic Ocean, Wednesday, March 6. Read about the science of degrading plastics. Info:

2018 Fall STEM Events

  • Glad so many could join us for 2018 Night of Code on December 4. We especially enjoyed coding the Dance Party from and listening to the programming presentation from future software engineers. Special thanks to IBM for their generous donation
  • Thanks for joining us at the 7th Grade Star Party which included an engineering activity:  making red night lights for star gazing.
  • Thanks for attending the 2018 Fall Nature Walk on October 18 at the Grassy Pond Conservation area. Check back here for the 2019 Spring Nature Walk.

2017-2018 Events

  • Spring Nature Walk on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 3:30pm at the Nagog Hill Conservation area. Find out more about PIP Nature Walks, led by Tom Tidman.
  • 3rd Grade Market Math on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Roche Bros. Supermarket. Congratulations to our two contest winners in the estimation contest. Ananya with a PERFECT estimate of 57 will receive a Galileoscope. Nishi with an excellent 2nd place estimate of 56 packages wins the Skittles packages! We'll contact both winners to arrange for prize delivery. 
  • STEM Book Club on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Discovery Museum for adults and teens.  BookHidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly 
  • 4th, 5th, 6th Grade Star Party on March 5 at the Parker Damon Building.
  • 19th Annual Community Skate FUNdraiser on March 4 at Nashoba Valley Olympia (rink #3). 
  • 5th Grade Market Math on February 28 at the Roche Bros. Supermarket! We have a winner of our estimation contest. The actual number of pretzel nuggets in the jar was 228. The winning entry is from the Burianek family with a winning estimate of 230! Your prize is a galileoscope! We'll contact the Burianek family to arrange prize delivery. 
  • Family Math Game Night on January 9 at Boxborough's Sargent Memorial Library.


Thanks for Attending Market Math, Star Party & Community Skate

Thanks to all who attended 3rd Grade Market Math on April 5. Every year, we hold an estimation raffle. The number of cheese balls in last night's estimation contest was 265. Congratulations to Maddie Chase with a terrific winning estimate of 264! Maddie will receive a galileoscope. We'll contact Maddie to make arrangements for prize delivery. Thank you to all who attended Market Math!

Turnout out was great for the Community Skate and 4th/5th Grade Star Party. Thanks to all who attended, our community of volunteers and all the amateur astronomers.

5th Grade Market Math Winner

Thanks to all who joined us for 5th Grade Market Math at the Roche Bros. Supermarket on February 8. At every Market Math event, we hold an estimation contest. The actual number of conversation hearts in last night's estimation contest was 432. Congratulations to Dev Walia with a winning estimate of 460! Dev will receive a Galileoscope. We'll contact Dev to arrange for prize delivery. Thank you to all who entered the Estimation Contest!

Night of Code

Thanks for attending on Monday, December 5, 6:00-8:00pm at RJ Grey JHS Library for grade 3 to 5 students accompanied by an adult. This event was sponsored by AB PIP STEM and the AB Schools.The fun-filled Night of Code was a two-hour introduction to computer science through games and activities. Price was FREE but registration was required. Attendees brought a laptop, tablet, iPad or smart phone if they had one. If not, we had a few to spare. This event coincided with Computer Science Education Week. 

Girls Who Code (GWC) Club

Thank you for signing up for the Girls Who Code club. GWC is a national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in STEM fields. See

Due to overwhelming response to GWC, we will host more computer-related events. Come back soon to find out about our newest project—an evening of code for Grades 3 - 5 and their families during the Week of Code, December 5 - 11. In the meantime, take a quick look at

Fall Nature Walk

Thank you for joining our FREE Fall Guided Nature Walk with our guide, Tom Tidman, Director of Acton’s Natural Resources Dept. Come back on May 4, 2017 for our Spring Nature Walk. Find our more about AB PIP STEM nature walks.


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.

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, and we had three winners who estimated the puffs EXACTLYCongratulations to Lexi, Margo, and Szymon! Each received a Galileoscope. 

2016 AB PIP STEM Book Club

Thank you for attending the book discussion of 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 21 (new date!)  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

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.

2016 Community Skate FUNdraiser Thank You

The 17th Annual Community Skate FUNdraiser hosted by the Herther-Kappel, Jacobsohn and Mosher & Bailey-Nekervis families on February 28th had a great turnout and was a tremendous success. We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to families and friends who contributed. ALL of the proceeds benefited the Acton PIP STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) “eco” activities (a local Wildlife Camera & nature playspace), Acton Area Food Pantries (Acton Community Supper, Loaves and Fishes, Open Table) and AB United Way Teen Wellness resources & books, You Are Not Special by David McCullough, Jr. and The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber, which were donated to local libraries. Patrons brought items to donate to the food pantry and to the troops. We would like to extend a special thank you to Nashoba Valley Olympia for generously donating the rink time, Cooke’s Skate Rentals and Oscar’s Burritos Mexican Grill in Boxborough, and Acton Coffee House and Legend Café in Acton, and Edible Arrangements in Westford. We appreciate the event photography by the Beacon & ABRHS Student volunteer Arushi Bhalchandra. Find out more.

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!

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

AB PIP STEM and Abu DhabiOn May 1st, a team from the The Glenelg School of Abu Dhabi met with an AB STEM Committee and staff at the Science Discovery Museums to learn about our volunteerism and STEM initiatives in Acton and Boxborough. The head of The Glenelg School and the curriculum department discussed ways to engage parents and students, how to make STEM fun, and whether or not programs like the Star Party, Market Math and Discover STEM could play in Abu Dhabi.



Thanks for joining us on the Spring Nature Walk at Morrison Farm with Tom Tidman on Thursday, May 7, 2015. Check out the flyer to learn about the next Nature Walk.

Thanks for Attending 3rd Grade Market Math
Market Math
on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
at the Roche Bros. Supermarket, Route 111, Acton.
Over 130 participants and 30 volunteers (both student and adult) joined us for supermarket math.

Congratulations to the winner of our estimation contest! The actual number of pretzel nuggets in the estimation contest was 223.  The winning entry came from Olivia Pignato, with her amazing estimate of 224!  Olivia will receive an A-B PIP STEM t-shirt and an Acton, Naturally nature guide. We'll contact Olivia to make arrangements for prize delivery.  Thank you to all who attended Market Math 3 and entered the Estimation Contest!

Drive In Control
Thanks for attending: Advanced Driver Training for Teens  on Sunday, April 12, 2015 in North Andover. 

In Control Advanced Driver Training teaches student drivers to react to life-threatening situations behind the wheel. Every year PIP co-sponsors one or two advanced driver training sessions. 
Drive In Control offers hands-on techniques for mastering accident avoidance and car control while teaching students about real-world physics. AB teens with a learner's permit (10 hours experience) or license.

Thanks for attending the FAMILY SKATE Fundraiser on Sunday March 8, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm at Nashoba Valley Skating Rink, Boxborough, MA. Read the Flyer. Find out more about Family Skate. Contributions aided donation of Cognitive Architecture by Ann Sussman and Justin Hollander to the Acton Memorial Library (reference only) and seven Stars for Starters books to all AB elementary schools and The Discovery Museums.

Thanks to the 600 students, parents and volunteers who attended the 4th Grade Star Party on Monday March 2. Read all about it.


AB PIP STEM Thanks the Concord Consortium

Thanks to Chad Dorsey, President & CEO of The Concord Consortium in Concord, Massachusetts for his presentation at the AB PIP STEM meeting on February 15, 2013. View Chad's slides for Using Technology to Teach Scientific and Engineering Practices including this list of best practices:
  • Asking questions/defining problems
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations/designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, communicating information
Discover STEM 2013
Find out more about DiscoverSTEM. See Discover STEM 2013 Pictures (courtesy of David McCormick), read the Acton Patch article, An Inside Look at Discover STEM 2013 or visit our 2013 Discover STEM Sponsors.

Acton Family Science Night Recap
Thanks for attending the Science event at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. See the Beacon's Wicked Local Video or the Family Science Night Pictures.

AB Student Selected as Intel STS 2014 Finalist
Finalist Ajay Saini from Acton-Boxborough Regional High School submitted a science fair project entitled Predictive Modeling of Opinion and Connectivity Dynamics in Social Networks. The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Intel STS alumni have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world's most coveted science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science.

STEM Articles and Videos: Making Math Fun

Congratulations 2013 Scholarship Winners
Good luck to this year's AB PIP STEM scholarship winners including Erin McLaughlin, Clark Jacobsohn, Prakhar Sahay and Ethan Sherman. All scholarship recipients have contributed at various AB PIP STEM events over the course of their high school years. 

AB Wins Green Ribbon Schools Award

Green Ribbon
On April 22, 2013, the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District (ABRSD) and the Acton Public Schools (APS) were awarded the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award (ED-GRS) for reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways. ABRSD-APS is one of only fourteen school districts in the US to receive this "first-ever" honor. More

Sharing Biodiversity and Culture

From September 2010 to January 2012, a 3rd grade classroom at Merriam School in Acton and students at Caserio Helen School in Ilobasco, El Salvador participated in a cultural exchange through school-based projects. The program, Sharing Biodiversity and Culture, was developed jointly by The Discovery Museums in Acton and a Salvadorian children's museum, Tin Marin Museo de los Ninos.

2013 Family Skate FUNdraiser Recap

Thanks to all Family Skate participants who donated over $1,500 to support AB PIP STEM, local food pantries and the Connor Brandon Foundation. More.

2013 Star Party Review

Thanks to 4th graders and parents for attending the 11th annual AB PIP STEM Star Party. Photos, Beacon Article and more.

Family Math Game Night Recap

Thanks for attending Family Math Game Night at the Boxborough Library on January 16. See more pictures.

Family Math Games

Acton Nature Guides

Available at AB PIP STEM & ABRHS School Store

Acton Naturally Guide
Looking for a holiday gift for that naturalist? Sponsored by AB Schools, Town of Acton and AB PIP STEM, Acton Naturally, Pocket Naturalist Guides feature species indigenous to Acton. To order, contact or pick up your copy at the ABRHS School Store.

Fun For All at Acton Arboretum Nature Walk

Thanks for joining the AB PIP STEM nature walk at Acton Arboretum with our guide, Tom Tidman, Director of Acton's natural resources department. We identified local birds with our Acton Naturally Guides, collected leaves for art projects and discovered an esker along the trail.

Nature-related Art Projects and Books:
DiscoverSTEM 2013

STEAM Exhibit at DiscoverSTEM 2013

DiscoverSTEM 2013 Exhibit

DiscoverSTEM 2013 Robotics


Acton Becomes a Green Community
Congratulations to Acton for Achieving Green Community Status. PIP supports the science behind green technology and concepts of Reduce/Recycle/Reuse. Last June, PIP donated reusable/recyclable Preserveware plates for the ABRHS teacher's appreciation luncheon. Read about the science behind the 3 R'sReduce/Recycle/Reuse.

U.S. News Ranks Best High Schools for STEM
ABRHS Ranked #7 in Public High Schools

U.S. News & World Report listed 2012 rankings of the Best High Schools for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Acton-Boxborough High School ranked 7th* Best High School for STEM. *Based on the number of 12th graders who take, and pass, any AP math or science test.

ABRHS Green Flag Award

Green Flag
In an award ceremony on May 4, ABRHS was awardedthe prestigious international Green Flag award—the 4th school in the United States to receive this honor! The award recognized significant success in energy conservation and other green initiatives. See award coverage including an Acton Patch video, Beacon article and Beacon photos. Visit the ABRHS sustainability website for more info.

Children and Nature Network
The Children & Nature Network is leading a movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature. Recommended reading includes an AB PIP STEM Book Club selection, Last Child in the Woods.

Putting the STEAM in STEM

The STEAM movement is the latest K-12 education initiative—adding the Arts to STEM. Recent studies show the "sciences could benefit from a more interdisciplinary, inquiry-based model, incorporating the arts into technical education." Read about STEM to STEAM: Integrating the Arts into Science and Technology Education and The STEAM Movement: It's About More Than Hot Air.


Discover STEM Beacon Thank You

Thank you to the Beacon for supporting AB PIP DiscoverSTEM2011 event by posting our announcements, covering the event and for the Beacon 12/1 feature story, 'Science in Focus at Fair.' Thank you also for letting the community know about upcoming AB PIP STEM meetings, volunteer opportunities and events at [the AB PIP Website]. Our next AB PIP STEM event is Family Math Game Night on January 19th Open House 5pm to 8:00pm at the Sargent Memorial Library in Boxborough.

Teen AB Drive-in Control Class Thank You
In November, Acton Boxborough students had the chance to take a skid control advanced teen driver training and crash prevention class offered by Drive In Control. The experience could not have been more valuable in making our kids better drivers. Find out more. Thanks for sponsoring AB Teen Driving School. — Linda Harris, Community Liaison for AB Drive In Control Classes

AB Robotics at the Discovery Museums

The AB Robotics Team demonstrated their award-winning robot on Saturday, April 16 during National Robotics Week at The Discovery MuseumsSee the pictures.

2011 Star Party

March 2011—"An estimated 400 fourth graders and their families braved the cold on Thursday, March 3 at the ninth annual Acton Acton Star PartyStar Party at the Parker Damon Building. This school event was sponsored by AB PIP and the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston (ATMoB). The Acton Star Party is an entertaining and interactive opportunity for students to expand on the astronomy in their curriculum. Read the Acton Patch article, "Stars Come Out For Acton-Boxborough Fourth Graders."

PIP Co-Chair Wins Volunteer Award
February 2011—Karen Herther won the Stellar Service by a Volunteer Award Karen Herther for the AB Parent Involvement Project from the Massachusetts Middlesex Chamber of Commerce. This award is given to an individual who has made a positive impact on a nonprofit and has demonstrated loyalty, dedication, and commitment to the organization; who has dedicated his/her free time, making significant contributions to the organization and the constituency. Read Karen's bio and award
details and Karen's Thank You letter.

AB Robotics Wins Design Award

January 2011—The Acton-Boxborough Robotics Team competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge "GET OVER IT" contest and won the PTC Design Award. The judges based their decision on the robot, creativity and innovation, team performance, outreach and enthusiasm. The PTC Design Award recognizes design elements of the robot that are both functional and aesthetic.  


WaterWise Game Placemat

December 2010—Dedicated to Acton Environmentalist, Mary Michelman, the WaterWise Game Placemat is a fun way to find out where our water comes from in Acton. Play WaterWise crossword and finish the WaterWise word search. The placemat was sponsored by AB PIP with support from the Acton Water DistrictActon Streams TeamAmerican Water Works AssociationGreen ActonThe Discovery Museums, Julia Miles, acanthi designs, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Where Science Meets Art

DNA Graphic

Discover the artistry behind the 2010 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge winners as they explain the processes, techniques and thoughts behind their entries. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

OpenNeighborhood: Re-Visioning Kelley's Corner

The OpenNeighborhood: Re-Visioning Kelley's Corner exhibit featured at PIP's Discover STEM reverse science fair was short-listed in the Strong Communities Competition. Watch the video.


Beacon Article: A-B students start robotics team
Fri Nov 27, 2009, Acton, Mass. - Surrounded by hundreds of Lego and aluminum TETRIX robot parts and five buzzing laptops, spread out on a table, Prateek Sahay pontificated about the freedom of writing codes that bring machines to life. Read the full story (pdf).

Beacon Article: Visions of Kelley's Corner Shared

Thu Nov 19, 2009, Acton, Mass. - Long seen as the crossroads of Acton, Kelley's Corner is at the intersection of Main Street and Massachusetts Avenue. But many Actonians don't think the highly-visible spot is very appealing, considering its lack of the bucolic or historic feel much of the town includes.

It was a gathering for suggestions and residents who came together at Town Hall last weekend had the chance to offer their additions to what exists there now: a gas station, a McDonalds and an abandoned Meineke building. Read the full story.

Beacon Letter: Discover STEM Event a Success

Thu Nov 19, 2009, Acton, Mass. - On November 2, 6:00-8:30 PM at Acton-Boxborough Regional HS Discover STEM (a showcase and career exploration of interactive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) was a huge success with over 700 participants including 150 apprentices and adult volunteers. Enthusiastic students in grades 7 through 12, parents, educators and members of the Acton, Boxborough, Groton and Dunstable communities learned about the latest advances in solar technology, computer software, green energy, surgical devices, robotics and more! Read the full story.

Beacon Article: A-B event showcases science, technology

Fri Nov 06, 2009, Acton, Mass. - If you ever wanted an opportunity to redesign Kelley's Corner, you had a chance at a recent technology fair at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School.

Thanks to Tufts University and The Discovery Museums, students and adults could try their hands at remaking the Acton landmark. Read the full story (pdf).

Beacon Article: Robotics club launches at A-B

Wed Oct 28, 2009, Acton, Mass. - Calling Acton-Boxborough area high school students interesting in participating in a new after school robotics club. The goal of the A-B Robotics Team is to work together to create a robot to compete at local FIRST TEch robotics competitions.

The club will meet on Tuesdays after school (location tba) beginning next month. The new club is open to all—no experience necessary—just interest and creativity. The club will be mentored by local robotics professionals and engineers.

The A-B robotics club will meet on Tuesdays weekly between October and February. Interested in learning more? Call Prateek Sahay at 978-263-9495 or e-mail or stop by the A-B Robotics table at Discover STEM 2009 on Monday Nov. 2 at Acton Boxborough High School Open House between 6 to 8:30 p.m. The A-B robotics launch is funded in part from a generous donation from Acton Boxborough Parent Involvement Project (PIP) supporting Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education K-12.

 AB PIP and Green Acton wish to thank the community and all our sponsors for the enormous turnout and participation at our recent Acton Green Energy Fair. Read the Beacon Article, published June 4, 2009.

Nature Rocks: After our book club discussion of Last Child in the Woods, we discovered a website about sharing family fun in nature. Check out Nature Rocks.


Beacon Letter: Local Organizations Sponsor "Skid School" for Acton-Boxboro Area Teens

October 25, 2008— As much as any issue facing parents of teenagers today, driving often sparks deep concerns. Statistics show that nearly half of teenagers have an accident during their first year of driving (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

Sadly, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for US teens (US Center for Disease Control). Teen driver education does make a difference.

Thanks to the generosity of Acton Toyota of Littleton as Premier sponsor and community sponsors Acton-Boxborough Parent Involvement Project (PIP), Danny's PlaceCAFYSADD and the Acton Police Association, Acton-Boxborough area teens can participate in a morning or afternoon session of Teen Crash Prevention Training (aka "Skid School") on Saturday, October 25 at the In Control training facility in North Andover. Teens from Acton, Boxborough and Littleton are eligible to take the advanced driver training class at a special discounted rate of $199 ($100 savings). Space is limited. The fall class will also focus on the "physics of driving" courtesy of Acton PIP.

In Control's "Skid School" is a unique, hands-on, advanced driver training course for teens that goes well beyond traditional driver education. The half day course gives teens the skills they need to maneuver safely and effectively out of emergency situations and the foresight to avoid those situations in the first place. Certified instructors teach teens how to control panic stops and emergency lane changes, avoiding tailgating accidents, and handling a car in dangerous conditions such as ice or snow.

For more information about the Acton-Boxborough area teen driving sessions or to register for the course, visit or contact In Control Advanced Driver Training at 888-301-SAFE (7233).


Beacon Letter: PIP Grant Funds MIT Engineering Workshops

January 18, 2007— Acton PIP (Parent Involvement Project) is pleased to sponsor a series of MIT Engineering workshops at the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School (ABRHS) on Friday, January 26 during school periods 3, 6, 7 & 8. (Students attend only one period.) This is a collaborative effort between PIP and Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, and it is the first time the MIT student engineering workshops have been conducted at ABRHS.

The goal of the workshops, led by MIT engineering students, is to answer the question "What is Engineering?" then present an overview of engineering disciplines, and explain why engineering is a rewarding career. Presenters will facilitate a hands-on activity using engineering concepts and share their experiences as engineering students.

To attend the workshop, ABRHS students should sign up with Mrs. Groener in the Counseling Center indicating which period they will be attending. Space is limited.

PIP is pleased to offer the MIT student engineering workshops locally through an IBM Community Volunteer Grant. Although the workshops are open to girls and boys, they are sponsored in part by the MIT Women in Engineering (WIE) Initiative. Special thanks to Kay Steeves–ABRHS Faculty Adviser, Stephen Hitzrot–Chair of Counseling and Deborah Bookis–K to 12 Curriculum Coordinator for helping facilitate this initiative with PIP.

Acton PIP is a coalition of parents, educators, community members and business partners supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in grades K-12. For more information about Acton PIP (Parent Involvement Project), contact Karen Herther (263-6742) or Latha Swaroop (266-2737).


Beacon Letter: PIP, Roche Bros. Make It Count

March 17, 2005—To the editor: Acton PIP (Parent Involvement Project) would like to thank Roche Bros. of Acton for their generosity in hosting Acton PIP's annual Third Grade Market Math Mania event on Tuesday, March 1. Tom Farrell, Roche Bros store manager, and the entire Roche Bros. staff (and vendors Foley Fish and Mr. Hoodsie) outdid themselves again at this year's event, the first held in the larger and newly remodeled store space. About 220 third graders took part in the fourth annual Market Math event which included stations such as Fruit and Veggie Math, Pickle Tasting, M & M Math, The Price is Right and Check it Out grocery scanning.

PIP would like to extend a special thank you to Eileen Sullivan, Curriculum Specialist for the Acton Schools for her ongoing support for PIP, along with the elementary school principals and third grade teachers—many who creatively offered their students "homework" passes in exchange for Market Math participation.

PIP relies on the generosity of volunteers and community and business partners in order to hold events such as Market Math. PIP members and event organizers Carolyn Randolph, Susan Bierwagen, and Pam Bachrach all deserve kudos for their work before and during the event as do the many parent, student and scout volunteers who made it a success. All of the event copying was generously donated by the Issenberg family and the office of "Pressed 4 Time" in Maynard.

For more information about Acton PIP community math and science enrichment activities and to be added to the PIP e-loop, or visit our Web site. 

—Karen Herther and Lorrie Jacobsohn, Acton PIP Co-Chairs

Acton PIP Community Thank You to the Beacon

November 10, 2004—Acton PIP would like to thank all who attended and helped make the PIP Magic with Mathematics event with Professor Ed Burger of Williams College a success. This was PIP's first community-wide event geared to families of older students and adults alike. We would like to acknowledge PIP student volunteers Sonya and Isabel Krakoff, Alex Zeneraitz, Emily O'Brien, and Jenn Kappel for helping run the event.

A special thank you to Allen Warner of RJG Junior High who not only facilitated the A/V technology for the evening, but mentored students in the process (part of what PIP is all about!). Acton PIP also appreciates community partners Roche Bros. of Acton, Skip's West Acton Market, Learning Express, and Continental Café for selling advance tickets to the event. We also thank Chris Stockman for event photography and Staples of Acton for donating copying for Math Magic.

Acton PIP relies on community support to continue to offer math, science and technology enrichment activities. For more information about PIP, e-mail — Thank you! Karen Herther and Carlie Krakoff for Acton PIP

Acton PIP Awarded Two Corporate Grants

November 8, 2004—Acton PIP was awarded two corporate grants to support PIP community math and science enrichment activities.

The first award came from an IBM Community Service Volunteer Grant for $1,000. Special thanks to IBM Employee and veteran PIP supporter and volunteer Dawn Gomez and the PIP grant writing team (Karen Herther, Julia Miles, and Shelley Sherman).

The second award was from Philips Community Contribution Program for $2,000. Special thanks to Philips Medical employees, PIP supporters Ann Braden and Alok Tripathi, and the PIP grant writing team (Karen Herther, Julia Miles, and Shelley Sherman).

From the Archives

March 11 and 19, 2003 Market Math Photos 
February 22, 2003 Market Math Press Release 
June 17, 2002 Acton PIP Award Info Letter to Bill Ryan from the Acton Public School Office of Development 
June 17, 2002 Acton PIP Highlights from the Massachusetts PIP 
June 2002 Acton PIP Science Kit from the Beacon


Karen Herther, PIP Co-Chair & Marcelo Almeida, International Club Coordinator, display Massachusetts PIP Recognition Award

Archived Calendars, Brochures & Meeting Minutes

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