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Support the Burlington Food Pantry June 10, 2020

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Please support our BHS students, Anshul Shirude and Ayush Shingavi who are looking to make a change for the families who need the most help in uncertain times.


As two citizens of the town of Burlington, they have made it our mission to provide assistance to the food pantries and their families. So, we have generated a list of seven items to include in our “Sponsor-A-Basket.” Each basket will cost around $13. Any donations which we receive are greatly appreciated and will be reflected with personalized messages from you on each basket. Please help and support us to work in this mission together. Thank you so much for your time and I hope we can start the mission together!


List of items

Canned tomatoes – $1.15/per can

Pasta sauce – $1.93/per bottle

Broth – $2.17/per carton

Jelly – $2.15/per bottle

Dish soap – $2.93/per bottle

Assorted Vegetables – $1.50/per can

Black Beans – $0.82/per canPlease


2020 Cucumber Growing Challenge! May 11, 2020

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Every other year the Science Center holds a growing contest for Burlington’s K-5 elementary students.  This year’s contest is cucumbers! Typically, every classroom K-5 receives a greenhouse growing kit from the center so each student can sprout their own plants to take home. Due to school closure, the Science Center will be doing a safe, no contact pick up of pots, soil and seeds for any interested families on Tuesday May 19th from 2-4pm at the front circle of the Burlington High School.  The Science Center will also hand out information about the challenge, growing tips and entry form. This challenge is also part of our remote learning assignment: Family Science Challenge: Plants: What do they need to grow? along with the digital student notebook-Plants: What do they need to grow? 


All cucumbers will be weighed in the FALL by the Burlington Post Office and will receive an official stamp from the post office.  The cucumber cut-off “weigh date” will be Friday, September 25th.  All entries must be turned into the Science Center by email or interschool by mail Friday, October 2.

We will award prizes for the heaviest and longest cucumber.  All growers who participate in the contest will receive a certificate and goody bag.  Good luck and don’t forget to take a picture of you and your cucumber plant for us to share! (no matter how big or small it is)

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Any questions can be emailed to Mrs. Pavlicek:  pavlicek@bpsk12.org

Thank you to our Animal Foster Families! May 4, 2020

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The Burlington Science Center would like to thank the Burlington students, teachers and families who stepped in to foster our animals! We appreciate it!

City Nature Challenge 2020 April 20, 2020

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What & When is the City Nature Challenge?

The City Nature Challenge is a world-wide effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife. While most years the challenge is a competition, this year the “CNC” organizers are focusing on the healing power of nature to allow people to document their local biodiversity in whatever way they can. Recording observations and identifying species is easy with the use of the iNaturalist app so that anyone can participate! It takes place Friday April 24 through Monday April 27th.

Why participate in the City Nature Challenge?

By participating in the City Nature Challenge, not only do you connect with, and learn more about your local nature, but you can also make your city a better place for you and other living things! Knowing what plants and animals are in our city and where can help us study and protect them. This is best done by working together as a community to find and document nature in our area. 

How can we participate in the City Nature Challenge?

Start by visiting iNaturalist.org to register and download the app from the AppStore or Google Play.

Registration and some data sharing is required. Taking photos on a smart device geolocates where the photo of the plant or animal observed is taken and shares that data with iNaturalist. By sharing this data you receive feedback from iNaturalist artificial intelligence, comparing your photo with millions of others to identify it as well as actual scientists, experts, and other naturalists claims to what you are likely observing.

How can I learn even more about the City Nature Challenge and ways to participate?

Thanks to the girl scouts from troop 72046 at Pine Glen School for designing these flyers!

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Good luck and have fun!

Ms. Pavlicek, Mr. Musselman & Mr. Murphy

BHS Junior delivers healthy eating habits to Burlington community through “QuaranGreen” initiative April 9, 2020

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QuaranGreen innovator, Matthew Tengtrakool and his lettuce plants purchased with grant money from the PeaceFirst organization.

The Covid-19 pandemic has not stopped Burlington’s youth from improving their community. The Burlington Science Center has recently been made aware of the efforts of BHS Junior, Matthew Tengtrakool and his healthy eating habits campaign, “QuaranGreen.” The QuaranGreen project is focused on distributing free lettuce plants to members of the Burlington community to grow at home and promote healthy eating habits and reduce stress while social distancing at home. Matthew’s initiative was recently awarded a grant from the PeaceFirst organization to distribute 150+ plants to our community. Dozens of plants have already been safely distributed following strict social distancing guidelines and to great feedback from its benefactors.

Burlington residents can sign up to get their own plant through this link to a google form. Also, they can keep up with Matt’s updates to the QuaranGreen social medias platforms on Facebook and Twitter linked here.



The Burlington Science Center is happy to promote and encourage Burlington students like Matthew to pursue projects that they are passionate about and promote a happier, healthier community and planet. If you are a Burlington student or resident and have an initiative you’d like to have shared by the Science Center please drop us an email or private message through our own social media outlets.

Update: 4/14/2020: Matt checked in with Assistant Superintendent Patrick Larkin and shared some about his initiative with the Burlington community on his check-in vodcast.

Investigate at Home: NSTA Interactive Kids eBooks April 2, 2020

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The NSTA recently made the generous decision to open all of its NSTA Kids eBooks freely available on the web at nsta.org/ebooks. These digital, interactive readers are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards across K-5 grade levels and a great boost to parents and educators looking for rich, accurate, and freely available science readers for remote learning purposes. The catalog includes Mr. Musselman’s own eBook, “Thinking Like a Scientist: Investigating Weather and Climate” as well as several others from respected science education colleagues and children’s authors. Though reading levels vary across the readers, we encourage you to read-along with your child using any of the eReaders your child finds interest in!

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Just a small sampling of the eReaders available for free at the K-5 level through nsta.org/ebooks

The NSTA has gone a step further in supporting at home education efforts by providing a developing series of “Daily Do’s,” lessons outlines, pointers, and additional strategies for teachers and parents to use and construct meaningful experiences around both using the eBook and extending the learning into their home and surrounding, socially-distanced environment. Many of the resources support writing and verbal conversation around making sense of everyday phenomena. The Daily Do’s are available now, including the March 26th Daily Do connected to Mr. Musselman’s eBook!

Investigate at Home: Outdoor Scavenger Hunt March 31, 2020

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With distance learning now picking up steam in Burlington and across the country, Ms. Pavlicek and Mr. Musselman are sharing their “outdoor scavenger hunt” here for all to use and or modify to meet their own learning needs and environment. Our scavenger hunt focuses on participants seeking out different, producers, consumers, decomposers, and other environmental features in their surrounding environment (while practicing proper social distancing of course!)

Outdoor scavenger hunts like this allow children of all ages to practice good observation skills and wonder about the world around them. Here are some tips from Ms. P to get you started:

  • Use your senses! (listen, feel, smell, look…but no tasting)
  • Take time to look/feel/smell closely
  • Pay attention to details-focus on properties (size, color, texture, shape, hardness, weight)
  • Roll over a log or rock to observe, but be sure to put it back when you are done
  • Remember! Use caution when touching animals. Be kind to all living things and return them where you found them.

There are two versions of our scavenger hunt to meet a range of student ages and learning needs. The link here brings you to both scavenger hunt worksheets and a facilitation guide for coordinating adults. Happy hunting!


Watch us change as we grow…Live Chick Hatching! March 20, 2020

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The Burlington Science Center manages a chick hatching program for all the kindergarten classes at the 4 elementary schools.  The chicks were supposed to hatch next week, Tuesday March 24th through Thursday March 26th. 
Don’t be disappointed students! Most of the eggs were returned to the farmer (for him to hatch out, where he has space to let them grow). I decided to bring a smaller batch of your eggs to my house to hatch. Everyone will now be able to watch the chicks hatch and grow for a few days in their brooder box via live streaming.
I look forward to sharing this amazing experience with you! Be well!
The stream will go live sometime Monday (not much should happen until Tuesday). There will be a Q & A section. The hatch will stream from 7-7 (please note, that may change).
Announcement Video is posted on our facebook and instagram
Here is the link to the live stream:


Link to Ms. Pavlicek’s kindergarten chick hatching teaching videos:
Burlington Science Center’s Chick Hatching Videos
National Science Teaching Association’s “Daily Do” on “What’s inside of an egg?”

Burlington Quarantine Community Science and Engineering Challenges March 16, 2020

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Miss Pavlicek and Mr. Musselman will be helping your family beat the restlessness of our community quarantine with some science and engineering challenges on Instagram and Facebook over the next few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media accounts and we hope you will share pictures taken by you or your kids of your family engaging in our challenges and share them in the comment section. Don’t be afraid to post a question too. We will do our best to answer them as we can or link you to helpful resources (on the Facebook page only, Instagram does not allow active links) as you’ll see in the comments below. Well wishes to you all as we keep our Burlington community safe and healthy.

Challenge #1: Observe Venus and Orion in the night sky (posted 3/15)

Challenge #2: The Mystery Volume Challenge (posted 3/16)

Challenge #3 The Magic Coin! (posted 3/17)

Challenge #4: Air Hockey Forces Exploration (posted 3/18)

Challenge #5: Signs of Spring (posted 3/19)

Livestream Chick hatching and Q&A with Ms. Pavlicek (3/20 through 3/31)

Challenge #6: Ball and Ramp Investigation (posted 3/25)


2020 Summer Robotics Programs Enrollment Now Open March 12, 2020

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Michael, Nea and Nathan share their water drill on their lunar base.

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Enrollment for the Summer 2020 Summer Robotics programs are now open! Enrollment numbers reached an all-time high last year across our two programs, “Into Orbit” and “Mission Moon.” Programs are facilitated by Mr. Musselman, Burlington elementary and middle school teachers, as well as middle school age mentors from the MSMS FLL Robotics Team.

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Noel and Evan to the moon and back safely. Crater Crossing accomplished!

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This year’s programs are set in the spirit of building cities and infrastructure for the future! Incoming 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will participate in our FIRST LEGO LEAGUE “City Shaper” Bootcamp while incoming 2nd and 3rd graders will participate in an upgraded version of the winter after school program, “Boomtown Build”.

City Shaper Registration Form (future 4th, 5th, and 6th graders)

Boomtown Build Registration Form (future 2nd and 3rd graders)

Both programs will operate during the first week of the summer programs offered (July 6th-16th, Monday through Thursday) at Memorial Elementary. A nominal, but non-refundable deposit must be submitted with your registration form to hold your spot. Open the registration forms above for more information regarding dates, cost, and other registration details. Questions unanswered by the forms may be directed to Mr. Musselman at the Science Center via email (musselman@bpsk12.org) or phone 781-270-1835.

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Memorial robotics students brainstorm and engineer ways to make their boomtown more environmentally friendly. Green garden roofs are very popular! #flljr

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