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Vacation experiment! The balancing Peace Bird! December 18, 2019

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The Science Center gives away a vacation experiment to every student K-5 in Burlington.  This year we present the “Balancing Peace Bird!”  Here is a video we made to introduce it to our students! Have a great break and happy holidays from the Science Center!

 

Name the Alligator Contest Winner December 10, 2019

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We would like to announce the winner of our “2019 Name the Alligator Contest.”  The winner is Eli Hanafin from second grade at Memorial School.  He picked the name “Kullake.”  Eli had his photograph taken for the front page of the Daily Times newspaper and received a framed award, with a goody bag of science prizes.  Congratulations and thank you to all the students who participated!

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“Lego League Junior: Boomtown Build” Elementary Robotics After School Programs Now Enrolling for Winter 2020 Season December 3, 2019

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The Burlington Science Center is pleased to announce the return of the tremendously successful FLL Junior robotics program to our elementary schools. Forms are being distributed for the Winter 2020 FIRST Lego League season  and will be sent home to grade levels of students at all four elementary schools. Each school has different grade levels and different dates for which this program will be offered. While 14 Burlington teachers volunteered to facilitate the program, not all grades will be covered by our educators! Below you will find data outlining the anticipated days of the week, times, and grades offered for each school. In all cases our FIRST Lego League programs run through the Expo Day on May 2nd. Registration for all programs will be filled on a first-come, first-enrolled basis and cost $100 for up to 12 sessions plus the expo.

Fox Hill: Mondays after school, one hour, Grades 1 – 5 (flyer)

Francis Wyman: Mondays after school, one hour, Grades 2 – 3 (flyer)

Memorial:  Mondays after school, one hour, Grades 2 – 5 (flyer2/3)  (flyer4/5)

Pine Glen: Tuesdays after school, one hour, Grades 1 – 5 (flyer)

Those disappointed to see that their child’s grade is not able to be serviced during the winter program have three options to still participate this year:

Parents and guardians may team up with another parent or guardian to facilitate their own team. The Science Center will provide the necessary WeDO kit on loan provided both mentors complete a CORI form and arrange a team of at least four Burlington children. The team will still need to pay a registration fee for the Boomtown Build materials but will be able to keep these materials at the end of the program. The video below breaks down what you would receive and expect to do as a parent team leader volunteer.

 

Wait and see if enrollment expands to other grades at your school. This assumes the maximum number of enrolled students is not met through planned registration. That said, we do not expect to be under-enrolled at any of the schools at this time.

Register for an expanded version of this program during the BPS summer enrichment the weeks of July 6th and 13th. This program will include all the features of our winter program and include additional engineering challenges associated with the theme. The program runs Monday-Thursday for two weeks, 8AM – 1PM. Regretfully, we can not include family members in the summer “expo” but students do share their work with other students across the entire summer program.

As always, community members are welcome to reach out to Mr. Musselman with questions via email or the Science Center phone number at 781-270-1835.

Lights, Camera, Science! October 29, 2019

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The Science Center celebrated STEM week by presenting an all school demonstration at the 4 elementary schools on the science of light. We investigated what light is, what are several forms of energy, how light behaves and how humans & animals use light to communicate. This show combined big stage demonstrations with science content. These included a laser, glass beads/prisms, theatre stage lights, UV light, live owl demonstration, secret code, color blind test and luminol chemical reaction. There was even a guest appearance by a gorilla! We hope the students and teachers enjoyed learning about the science of light!

Thanks to Mrs. Hogan for her hard work in helping with the show and to Mr. Middleton for loaning us some stage lights!

New frogs! September 18, 2019

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Molly Smith from Francis Wyman caught two frogs for the Science Center’s animal collection. Great job Molly and thank you!

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Welcome back! September 11, 2019

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Welcome back! School is in session and we are looking forward to another exciting year of science education! Check out our yearly newsletter to learn more about our offerings for Burlington Public Schools.

 

Crater Making with Mr. Musselman and the Burlington Public Library August 8, 2019

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The Burlington Public Library has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing all summer long in the children’s room. As a part of the festivities, Mr. Musselman hosted a “crater making” experience on Wednesday, August 7th to the joy of a classroom’s worth of children ages 5-11 and their adult counterparts.

Mr. Musselman started by asking participants to share “what they wondered about the moon” when they gazed at it in the sky before reading “Moon” by Stacy McAnulty. Many of the participants’ questions were answered by this delightfully illustrated children’s book, but many questions about craters remained, leading into Mr. Musselman’s crater investigation!

Participants examined Mr. Musselman’s big portrait of the moon before investigating their answers to their questions about how craters are made and the patterns they leave behind on the moon’s surface. Mr. Musselman used this video produced by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to guide his own moon surface model making before providing participants with a variety of different stand-in asteroids and letting the kids get to work!

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Investigating how different asteroids affect the moons surface!

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As you can see the participants did a great job explaining the patterns they made and explaining everything from why some craters are deeper than others to the kinds of “ejecta patterns” each collision made. All in all it was a huge success! Thanks to the Burlington Public Library for hosting Mr. Musselman and NASA JPL for sharing this activity!

Science Center Aides Graduate! June 27, 2019

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Near the end of school, the Burlington Science Center celebrated the graduation of their high school aides. These aides volunteer during their study periods to help with the care and well being of our animals, and also other miscellaneous tasks. We wish them the best in the future endeavors! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

Our Superhero Secretaries! June 20, 2019

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Over the past few years our curriculum rollout as required some serious scheduling gymnastics by Burlington’s elementary school secretaries. Pulling whole teams of grade-level teachers is a hard pull any time, never mind during years when substitute teacher numbers are at an all-time low! Through it all our secretaries have worked their magic with a smile to ensure our teachers have the time and opportunity to prepare themselves for delivering our science curriculum to the best of their ability.

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Thank you Julie Gosselin, Kristin Downie, Kathy Bogosh, Julie Conley, and absentee line manager, Jill Papadonis for all your hard work that has allowed us to do ours!

and to all of our secretaries, teachers, and Burlington community at large have a wonderful summer and see you in September!

Burlington Community Heath Fair May 23, 2019

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Ms. Pavlicek set up a life science table at the Burlington Community Health Fair. This fair was held at BHS and open to the public. The goal of the event is to encourage healthy living through education, screenings, activities, and, at the same time, increase awareness of local businesses and organizations that promote healthy living through healthy food, physical activity, and other health and wellness services.