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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.

Tara Olshaw-honored with Exemplary Science Teaching Award May 23, 2019

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Fourth grade teacher, Tara Olshaw of Memorial Elementary School was honored by the Science Center and the North Shore Science Supervisors Association (NSSSA) with the “Exemplary Science Teaching Award.”  This award was presented during the NSSSA’s end of year banquet at the Danversport Yacht Club.  The Burlington Science Center is a member of the NSSSA and nominated Tara for her outstanding hard work and dedication to the sciences as a classroom teacher and to science curriculum work. We are so proud of her!  The Science Center appreciates her passion for teaching and her dedication to the students of Burlington Public Schools!

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“Mission Moon” Accomplished as Junior Engineers Share Designs with Burlington Community May 15, 2019

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Several hundred K-5 students, family, friends and volunteers converged on Burlington High’s cafeteria for the first ever locally hosted “FLL Junior Expo”. Over 100 students from all four elementary schools were represented, standing proudly beside their imaginatively designed lunar bases, sharing what they learned about the challenges and their imagined solutions for living on the moon.

Presenters referenced their “Show Me” posters along the way to share their journey of learning over the twelve-week after school program that culminated with the Saturday morning Expo. A number of the Marshal Simonds Middle School Robotics Team members who supported the after-school programs were also on hand to demonstrate the FIRST Lego League “Into Orbit” challenges undertaken during their fall season. The BHS Devilbotz also shared their technician’s “pit” and demonstrated some of the features on their robot from the “FIRST Robotics Competition” season.

Nearly all of the teachers who ran the after-school programs also participated in the event, supporting the students lunar base setup before the exhibit hall doors opened before participating as award announcers and distributors during the closing ceremonies. Teachers and student volunteers also led the line dance many participants enjoyed as the event finale to celebrate the community they had become. The Burlington Science Center is extremely grateful for all of the teachers and volunteers who came together to make this happen. We are already gearing up for next year’s FLL Junior theme: “Boomtown Build” recently unveiled by the FIRST organization that designs the kits and instructional materials in collaboration with LEGO.

Scout collaborates with Science Center on “Pets” Merit Badge May 1, 2019

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Lucas Meyers from Marshal Simonds Middle School completed his “pets merit badge” as part of the Scouts Program. Lucas collaborated with the Science Center to achieve this award. His project included a care journal, informational video training methods and personal reflections about his pet dog named Penny. Congratulations and we are very proud of you!