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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.

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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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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!

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.

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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Making some great observations @burlingtonsciencecenter

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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.