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Science Center Aides Celebration May 29, 2018

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The students of Burlington High School can volunteer their time during a study period to work at the Science Center throughout the school year.  They work with a variety of animals including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, birds, fish and other invertebrates.  Each year we celebrate their hard work and dedication to the Science Center.

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Student work in the center includes the handling of live animals, maintenance and care of animal living spaces, diet preparation, assistance with school programs, and the packaging of Science Center classroom materials.

Students often view their experience as a place to connect with animals, gain experience in an area they are considering for college/career and share a common respect with other peers who work with live creatures.  We appreciate all their hard work and dedication.

We also honored our seniors. We wish them well in their future endeavors!

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Earth Day Celebration Day May 23, 2018

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The Science Center participated in Fox Hill’s second annual Earth Day Celebration. Fox Hill Librarian/Media Specialist Patrick Murphy planned this engaging, hands-on, school-wide learning experience. The theme of the day was “Small Actions With a Big Impact.” The purpose of the event was to teach students simple, yet powerful ways they can be stewards of the planet, help wildlife, connect with nature, combat climate change, grow a garden, help save bees, the benefits of recycling, and how to help make Fox Hill a green school.  Mrs. Pavlicek & Mrs. Hogan educated students on the live animals (owl, snake, tortoises, falcon).

The Earth Day celebration has a strong connection to our science curriculum.  First graders learn about plant and animal parts and functions, second graders go more in depth and learn about animals and their habitats, third graders study forces and motion, fourth graders explore the Earth’s changing surface, and fifth graders examine the Earth’s place in the Universe. The Earth Day event brings these curriculum concepts to life for our students and sparks even more curiosity to study science and the planet.

Ethan Rousseau builds raised beds At Pine Glen School for Eagle Scout Project May 7, 2018

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Ethan Rousseau decided to build raised garden beds at Pine Glen Elementary School for his eagle project. Ethan researched and designed the beds. He also asked and received several donations for materials/supplies. He was able to finish his project within 2.5 months. The goal of his project was to provide an area for students to learn about growing plants and agriculture. We are very proud of Ethan and would like to thank him and his volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the Burlington Community.

Lisa Screnci-Hughes honored with Exemplary Science Teaching Award May 4, 2018

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Second grade teacher, Lisa Screnci-Hughes of Francis Wyamn 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 Lisa for her outstanding hard work and dedication to the sciences as a classroom teacher and to developing our new science curriculum. We are so proud of her!  The Science Center appreciates her passion for teaching and her dedication to the students of Burlington Public Schools!

Pictured below (left) is Lisa with Director of the Science Center, Wendy Pavlicek-(right) with principal Nicole MacDonald-(below) with past Science Center Director John Papadonis

Girl Scout Troop Cleans Up Pine Glen School Conservation Trail May 2, 2018

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Girl Scout Troop 69030 contacted the Science Center about cleaning up the Pine Glen Elementary School Conservation Trail.  We were thrilled that the scouts wanted to help out with making the world a better and cleaner place.   They saw wild turkeys and a garter snake.  The girls rakes leaves, cleaned out brush and branches and also picked up any trash on the trail.  The girls were also working toward one of the requirements of the Junior Girl Scout Way badge! They did wonderful job and we are very proud of them! A special thank you to scout leader Akiko Coram for guiding the girls through the process.  Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to nature and to Burlington.

2018 Pumpkin Growing Contest April 26, 2018

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Every other year the Science Center holds a growing contest for Burlington’s elementary students.  This year’s contest is the largest pumpkin!  Every classroom K-5 receives a greenhouse growing kit from the center so each student can sprout their own plants to take home.

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The Science Center will send out entry forms to take home with your students.  All pumpkins will be weighed in the FALL by the Burlington Post Office and will receive an official stamp from the post office.  The pumpkin cut-off “weigh date” will be Friday, September 28th.  All entries must be turned into the Science Center by Friday, October 5, 2018.  Please include a photo of your pumpkin! You can get the entry form and information here.

We will award prizes for the top 3 heaviest pumpkins.  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 your plant for us to share! (no matter how big or small it is)

Her are some pictures from our last sunflower contest in 2012.

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Eagle Scout Project by Nick Heisler March 20, 2018

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Burlington student and eagle scout, Nick Heisler, finished his eagle scout project this year in collaboration with the Science Center.  His project was based around the updating and completion of our large bird of prey enclosure out side the Science Center and High School. He designed and built a security enclosure for safe entry and exiting of the enclosure. He also shingled and sealed the roof of the enclosure. Lastly, he added special interior cage lining to protect our Barred owl, Scout, from any injuries.

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We would like to thank Nick, his volunteers and scout leaders for all their hard work and dedication to the Science Center. We are honored to have Scouts come to the Science Center looking for potential Eagle Scout Projects that connect with the Burlington Public Schools and community.  Great job!

Boy Scouts visit the Science Center January 16, 2018

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Burlington Cub Scout Pack 555 visited the Science Center last week.  The center helped the scouts work towards several badges. Topics included composting, plant observations, and endangered vs. extinct animals. The Scouts also learned about the Science Center and how we service the schools and town of Burlington.  The Scouts also received a tour of the center, including the aquaponics lab and live animal center.

2017 Name the Alligator Contest Winner January 2, 2018

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We would like to announce the winner of our “2017 Name the Alligator Contest.”  The winner is Madelyn Price from Mrs. Scott’s class at Francis Wyman School.  She picked the name “Elbert.”  Madelyn had her photograph taken for the front page of the Daily Times newspaper and received a goody bag of science prizes.  Congratulations and thank you to all the students who participated.

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Instant Snow Holiday Experiment! December 15, 2017

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Mrs. Pavlicek, Mr. Musselman, and Mrs. Hogan would like to wish you and your family a merry holiday break! We will see you in 2018 with even more great science experiments and activities.

Please enjoy your “Instant Snow” experiment, which was delivered to all elementary level students. Teachers can send each student home with the materials to perform the experiment or complete the activity as a class at school! Please be sure to watch our video in your classroom or at home to investigate your instant snow experiment.