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Girl Scouts Perform Energy Audit at Francis Wyman February 9, 2016

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Girl scouts from Troop 88060 performed an energy audit of the Francis Wyman Elementary School on their way to earning their “Investigate Award.” To help them find points of heat (and therefore energy) loss the scouts commandeered the Science Center’s infrared camera and explored their classrooms using its dual visible-infrared camera interface to identify points of energy waste.

The scouts were surprised to see that not only did their exterior walls and windows lose heat, but their electronic devices left idle were using lots of energy too! The experience gave all the scouts appreciation for turning off electronic devices along with the lights at the end of the school day.

The Science Center applauds these scouts on their way toward informing their community about ways to save energy while becoming better energy consumers themselves. We also thank Mrs. Schultz at the Francis Wyman School for volunteering as their fearless parent leader! The use of the IR camera was made possible through the Burlington Education Foundation and benefits all Burlington classrooms and organizations interested in using the tool. Please contact the Science Center to learn more!

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Science Center Receives Infrared Camera Tool Thanks to BEF April 2, 2015

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Yesterday the Science Center received in the mail its very own infrared camera! An infrared camera is designed to collect infrared, or “heat” energy as opposed to light energy most cameras collect through their lens! The FLIR One camera attaches to the back of any iPhone 5 or 5S and can be wirelessly broadcast to screens and projectors with the help of an Apple TV device. All of these tools were made possible with the help of a grant from the Burlington Education Foundation.

As the grant writer, Mr. Musselman has been busying “play-testing” the tool to determine its full capabilities and potential for classroom demonstrations and instructional videos across the K-12 curriculum. The camera comes with photo and video capabilities. Check out the pictures below to see just how versatile the camera is and how it may potentially be used in our classrooms moving forward. If you have a suggestion, or a question you’d like to have explored by the Science Center and its new camera, please let us know in the comments section below or on our facebook page and infrared camera post!

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How much cold soda is in this paper cup?

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Our IR camera knows! Dark colors = cold temperatures!


Where is the hedgehog hiding?

Where is the hedgehog hiding?

Her body heat radiates right through her plastic home!

Her body heat radiates right through her plastic home!


Why is the turtle so tough to spot in infrared?

Why is the turtle so tough to spot in infrared?

Turtles are cold-blooded! That means they have the same temperature as their environment. No wonder turtles love to sit out in the sun!

Turtles are cold-blooded! That means they have the same temperature as their environment. No wonder turtles love to sit out in the sun!


What happens to our hand temperature when we hold on to ice cubes?

What happens to our hand temperature when we hold on to ice cubes?

Our hand and ice cubes in infrared.

Our hand and ice cubes in infrared.

Grabbing the ice cubes...

Grabbing the ice cubes…

Holding on tight for 30 seconds. This hurts!

Holding on tight for 30 seconds. This hurts!

Why are my hands purple?

Why are my hands purple?

What happens if I put my hand down on the table?

What happens if I put my hand down on the table?

Now the table surface is cooler too!

Now the table surface is cooler too!


This video was a first take with our new camera. I realized later the camera can be oriented in landscape so the temperature can be read more easily and the color spectrum can be “locked” so that the temperatures do not appear to keep recalibrating to use the whole spectrum. You can also change the color scheme from “iron” to “lava” to just about everything in between.

The Science Center can’t thank the Burlington Education Foundation enough for their continued support. Last year they purchased a wonderful new Weather Station and they continue to encourage us to submit proposals in the future. The BEF is a wonderful resource for the Burlington teachers and schools and we encourage all community members to continue their support of this great organization!

The Science Behind our Energy June 7, 2013

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Over the past two months the Burlington Science Center’s exhibit, “The Science of Energy” has made its way through the main lobbies of all four Burlington elementary schools. An array of interactive exhibits accompanied by informational displays encouraged students to learn about the many forms of energy and how energy can change or transfer from one form of energy to another.

Students were guided through the exhibit by answering essential questions differentiated at each grade level. From the looks of our pictures below its clear everyone was engaged and excited to learn all about the energy of our world!

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Energy comes in many forms!

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Exploring all the different exhibits!

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Solar energy can be used to run motors, play music, and light our homes!

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Cranking up the Science Center’s electromagnet generator to make electricity!

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