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Burlington High School Wellness Day March 14, 2019

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The Science Center Participated in Burlington High School’s “Wellness Day” recently. This was opportunity to put aside the typical high school schedule and allow students to take classes and workshops of their choice. Teachers and staff ran a variety of workshops of their choice, which included cooking, surfing, coloring for relaxation, instrumental jam session and much more! The Science Center offered 4 sessions called “Animal Adventures,” where students got up close and personal with a variety of creatures. This was offered to students whom do not typically work in our center. We received great feedback and enjoyed sharing our love our animals together.

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High School Aides & Winter Wonderland January 11, 2019

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The first grade classes at Pine Glen Elementary School participate in “Winter Wonderland.” This full morning experience includes activities and stations from all subjects in school.  Each year they ask the Science Center to bring some live animals to share with the students. This year we brought some of our high school aides to interact and educate the first grade students. They brought a snake, gecko, hedgehog and a pair of turtles.

Name the Boa Constrictor Winner! January 2, 2019

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We obtained a new boa constrictor for our educational programs. We decided to hold a 5th grade contest to come up with a name for our educational ambassador.  The winner is Gavin Petrone from Francis Wyman School. He picked the name “Sage.” Congratulations!

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Winter Vacation Experiment-Solar Beads! December 20, 2018

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Every year the Burlington Science Center gives a winter vacation experiment to every K-5 student. This year we are giving out “solar beads,” which will allow students to learn about the sun and UV light. Each package of beads goes home with an information sheet and a link to our educational video explaining the science behind the beads. Students can make a bracelet, keychain or other craft project with their beads.

Have a great winter break and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Mrs. Pavlicek, Mr. Musselman and Mrs. Hogan

Energy Units at Full Power! December 6, 2018

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Across much of our district, students are investigating Energy via our adapted curriculum from the Technical Education Resource Center or “TERC” of Cambridge using their, “Focus on Energy” curriculum. Many teachers are sharing their students great work on Instagram and elsewhere. Check out Mrs. Harlow’s students using electromagnetic “hand-crank generators!”

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We love energy!

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2018 Pumpkin Contest winners! October 9, 2018

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We would like to announce our winners of the 2018 Pumpkin Growing Contest. And the winners are……
1st place is AJ DiRocco from Memorial School with 116 lbs!!!!
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2nd place is Shayla Kocur from Pine Glen with 87.5 lbs.
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3rd place is Sara Milne from Memorial School with 75 lbs. 
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4th place is Branin Weymouth from Francis Wyman with 68 lbs.
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5th place is Emily Milne from Memorial with 63 lbs.

 

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Congratulations and we are very proud of you all!

All growers who participate in the contest will receive an “honorable gardener”  certificate and goody bag of prizes.  Look for their photos in the lobby of each elementary school this month.

Students learn about the life cycle of plants, gain understanding of how temperature, weather, insects, and other animals affect the growth of the plant and they learn about how pollination needs to occur for the plant to reproduce. 
Gardening connects students physically and mentally to the Earth and nature…it helps them to learn and take part of the process in where their food comes from.

One of the greatest things about these contests is the connection between the younger generations and the older generations. Lots of students grow their plants with their family or grandparents. I hear stories of students walking to their grandparents house every day or the special moments with “Papa Charlie” or “Nana” while tending to their plants. Gardening connects students and humans to the Earth and nature.

Calling all Pumpkins! Entries & Photos September 10, 2018

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Did you participate in the Science Center pumpkin growing contest this summer? 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. Entries can be emailed to pavlicek@bpsk12.org or dropped off in person from 7:30-3:00.

We will host a group picture with all the pumpkins on the Burlington Town Commons on Wednesday October 3rd at 3:30. Bring your pumpkin!

 

Science Center Newsletter 18-19 September 6, 2018

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Welcome back! Hope you have a great school year!

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!

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.