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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

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?”

Vacation experiment! The balancing Peace Bird! December 18, 2019

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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 we made to introduce it to our students! Have a great break and happy holidays from the Science Center!


Name the Alligator Contest Winner December 10, 2019

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We would like to announce the winner of our “2019 Name the Alligator Contest.”  The winner is Eli Hanafin from second grade at Memorial School.  He picked the name “Kullake.”  Eli 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!


Lights, Camera, Science! October 29, 2019

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The Science Center celebrated STEM week by presenting an all school demonstration at the 4 elementary schools on the science of light. We investigated what light is, what are several forms of energy, how light behaves and how humans & animals use light to communicate. This show combined big stage demonstrations with science content. These included a laser, glass beads/prisms, theatre stage lights, UV light, live owl demonstration, secret code, color blind test and luminol chemical reaction. There was even a guest appearance by a gorilla! We hope the students and teachers enjoyed learning about the science of light!

Thanks to Mrs. Hogan for her hard work in helping with the show and to Mr. Middleton for loaning us some stage lights!

New frogs! September 18, 2019

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Molly Smith from Francis Wyman caught two frogs for the Science Center’s animal collection. Great job Molly and thank you!


Welcome back! September 11, 2019

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Welcome back! School is in session and we are looking forward to another exciting year of science education! Check out our yearly newsletter to learn more about our offerings for Burlington Public Schools.