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2022 Sunflower Growing Challenge May 16, 2022

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

Here is a link to our Sunflower Growing Challenge Information Sheet and Entry Form.

Sunflower Growing Challenge Rules:

  • 1st place prizes will be awarded for 2 categories: the tallest (from base to top of flower) and largest seed head diameter (side to side).
  • All sunflowers must be grown in the town of Burlington (garden, pots or at the town garden at FW if no garden at home *contact us for details).
  • Participants must currently be in grades K-5 in the Burlington Public Schools (this will include students that will be in grade 6 as of September 2022).
  • We please ask for a picture or two of you and your sunflower! All decisions are final and made by the Burlington Science Center staff.
  • The sunflower cut-off date will be Friday, September 30th 2022. All entries and photos must be turned into the Science Center via email (pavlicek@bpsk12.org) or to their classroom teacher/interschool mail by Friday, October 2, 2022.  Don’t forget to please include a photo of you standing next to your sunflower!
  • Judging will take place around the first few weeks of October 2022.

Earth Day Celebration with the Science Center May 5, 2022

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Earth Day is an important reminder for the younger generation to respect our Earth and all living things. Fox Hill Library Media Specialist, Mr. Murphy, and the Science Center facilitate nature stations, live animals, informational packets and nest cams for students to enjoy to celebrate Earth Day. We loved hearing students stories, questions and seeing their smile interacting with nature and live animals.

Science Center at Girl Scouts STEM event April 25, 2022

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The Science Center was asked to highlight living animals at their recent STEM event. Science Center high school aides Jupiter Barnstein and Eiko Coram volunteered their time to help educate the younger scouts about the animals. We enjoyed seeing everyone and teaching then about wildlife.

2022 Name the Alligator Contest Winner! February 16, 2022

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It is a yearly tradition for second graders to name our educational ambassador alligator. The winner is Cameron Mirabella from Fox Hill School.  He picked the name “Pavligator.”  When asked why he chose the name, Cameron replied “Because he is blonde like Ms. Pavlicek.” And Cameron is correct! This is the blondest/lightest colored allligator we have had here at the Science Center. Cameron 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.

Ms. Fleischmann holding Pavligator, Cameron Mirabella and Mrs. Pavlicek
“Pavligator” So blonde!

Vacation Give Away! December 21, 2021

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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, introducing the bird to our students! Have a great break and happy holidays from the Science Center!

Nature walks with Kindergarten December 10, 2021

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Curiosity and wonder are very apparent in younger elementary students. Four our kindergarten unit called “Living Things & Their Environments,” students are introduced to the concept of living vs. non-living things in our world. Through a visual probe, students first share their current understanding if things in our world are living or non-living.  Teachers encourage students to explain the reasoning rule/characteristics and the criteria they used to decide whether the things on the list are living and record student thinking.

Students then participate on a Science Center led nature walk to observe and collect different things in nature.  Students sort the class collected items and are encouraged to talk about the decisions they made and come to a consensus of which pile it belongs to. After the student groups sort, they get back together as a class to share ideas about what makes them something living or nonliving. This unit then continues with students learning about the basic needs of living things (plants & animals) and patterns/systems of our natural world.

Getting students outdoors to observe, ask questions and make connections to the natural world around them is an important part of being a scientist.

Science Center Aides and an Owl May 6, 2021

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Burlington High School students gain a unique experience at the Burlington Science Center, including the handling and husbandry of 60 different animals. Students take our animal course in lieu of a study period and spend their time cleaning cages, feeding, watering and making sure the animals have enrichment and exercise. Pictured here are Edgar Nzikoba, Alexis Rigolini and Emerson Waisnor with our Great Horned Owl named Edison. These students are a vital part of our animal program at the Science Center and we appreciate their hard work and dedication.

Name the Alligator Contest winner! April 27, 2021

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We would like to announce the winner of our “2021 Name the Alligator Contest.”  The winner is Yohan Manikandan from Pine Glen School.  He picked the name “Mutalai” which is the Tamil Indian name for alligator. Yohan 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!

2020 Cucumber Challenge Winners! October 13, 2020

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We would like to announce the winners of the 2020 Cucumber Growing Challenge! And the winners are…….

First Place for Cucumber Length: Erin & Duncan Foster (twins) of Fox Hill whose cucumber came in at 15 inches & 2nd fro weight 2lb. 4.9 oz.
First Place for Cucumber Weight: Sophia Negron of Fox Hill whose cucumber weighed in at
2 lbs. 7.3 oz.
Cole Ryder — 2nd Place Length 13 inches
Aiden Collins — 3rd Place Length 12.1 inches
Hunter Negron — 3rd Place Weight 2lbs. 3.1 oz.

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 and in another blog post coming soon!

Wild Wednesdays! September 24, 2020

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Join Mrs. Pavlicek and Mr. Musselman for Wild Wednesday’s are archived live stream engaging science program taught by Mrs. Pavlicek and Mr. Musselman over the 2020-2021 school year! These include live animal and physical/earth science demos. See the list of archived programs below!

All sessions are recorded and accessible below:

“Groot” the Leopard Gecko (9/23)

“Chickens & Eggs” (9/30) *note: slight camera disruption for few minutes in beginning and at end (apologies!) Ms. Pavlicek’s Chicken Coop Tour (to make up for the camera cut out of at the end of Chickens & Eggs) * Longer Program (1 hour)

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches“(10/7)

Tarantula” (10/14)

Snakes” (10/21)

Pumpkin Science (10/28)

Wind Turbines & Energy (11/4)

Snake Feeding (11/18)

Rabbits (12/2)

Earthquakes & Volcanoes (12/9)

The Mitten featuring the Hedgehog (12/16)

Eyedropper Science/Winter Vacation Investigations (12/23)

Gerbils & Hamsters (1/6)

Fun with Light (2/3)

Earth’s Motions, Sun, Stars and Constellations Wild Wednesday Video (2/10)

Alligators (2/24)

Sound Science (3/3)

Burlington Beat Masters (3/17)

Baby Chickens & Alligator Contest Winner (3/24)

Maple Sugaring (4/7)

The Grand Canyon and Erosion (4/14)

Turtles (5/12)

Birds (5/19)

Owls (5/26)

Contact info: Mrs. Pavlicek  pavlicek@bpsk12.org