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 recent 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:
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's, Reduce/Recycle/Reuse.
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 www.actonpip.org. 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.
AB Robotics at the Discovery Museums
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 Star 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 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.
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 District, Acton Streams Team, American Water Works Association, Green Acton, The Discovery Museums, Julia Miles, acanthi designs, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
OpenNeighborhood: Re-Visioning Kelley's Corner
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.
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 (pdf).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the A-B Robotics table at Discover STEM 2009 (actonpip.org/discoverstem) 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.Recap: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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March 11 and 19, 2003 Market Math Photos
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