Tags: BEF, earth science, programming, technology, video
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Students, Eddie Reis and Jinzhen “Hugo” Hu have been furiously working to bring a Science Center BEF grant vision to reality. As the holidays approach we checked in with these students to see how far they had come with the future Science Center crown jewel, the Augmented Reality Sandbox!
As you can see, the kinks are still being worked out and the entire project is not yet mobile, but we are confident this project will come to full fruition in the coming months as the technical and structural glitches get worked out. Eddie and Hugo also plan to add in the watershed and precipitation features to the software. The AR Sandbox will be on display and available for students to explore during the Hour of Code week scheduled for the week of December 12th.
Tags: animals, MSMS, programming, robotics, technology
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The MSMS Devilbotz have (almost) finished their introductory year to the FIRST Lego League circuit, with one of four teams moving on to the state championships next month. Twenty-seven middle school students participated in the “Animal Allies” challenge put forth by FIRST, (For Inspirtation and Recognition in Science and Technology) and LEGO to provide students the opportunity to “design, program, and construct their own intelligent inventions.”
Guided by Mr. Marino, Mrs. Lynch, and several BHS Devilbotz mentors, the students met twice a week after school (and in some cases more) to prepare for the competition. Participants were required to create and program a robot capable of completing a multitude of challenges on what can best be described as a LEGO obstacle course. Participants also were judged on the technical engineering and efficiency of their robot and its programming, how well they lived up to the core values of the FIRST Lego League program, and the communication of their research on the relationships between animals and humans.
With over 100 “games” played and presentations performed, the teams waited anxiously through the entire results presentation at the conclusion of the regional competition on November 19th. Their patience was rewarded when one of the four teams, “The Savage 6” earned enough points to qualify for the state competition! While only a quarter of the team’s participants are moving on everyone felt satisfied with their results and experience at the conclusion of the competition and are already eager to participate again next year.
The Burlington Science Center would like to thank Mrs. Jane Lynch and Mr. Jourdan Marino again for their service to the team and Mr. John Carroll and Miss Elizabeth Normandin for volunteering their time over the weekend as well to help manage the teams during the competition day. We are excited to continue to grow the robotics program throughout all of the Burlington schools!
Science Center Summer Program Preview June 14, 2013Posted by MrMusselman in Science Center.
Tags: engineering, summer program, technology, video
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The Burlington Science Center’s first ever summer program is not far away! We wanted to give students and their parents a warm welcome and quick introduction to what sorts of projects we’ll be exploring during the final two weeks of July. Please share the introductory video below with your enrolled students. In the video you will hear a call for recyclable supplies that will play important roles in researching, planning and constructing some of our personally designed technology. We hope that everyone can come with most of the listed items (not the end of the world if you can’t, but it would help us cut down on our environmental footprint!)
Ms. Marsh and Mrs. Sheppard from the Fox Hill Elementary School have been kind enough to join us during our engineering adventures this summer. They both have tremendous experience with “STEM” centered learning, and will be fabulous mentors to our program participants. In addition to these teachers we have two high school volunteers who will be supporting classroom activities as assistants to the teachers. We are still looking for one more high school volunteer so if your child has an older sibling who might be interested in such volunteer work please have them contact the Science Center immediately!
A field trip has been planned to the Mill Pond Reservoir and its water treatment facility to give students an opportunity to experience how real-world water filtration techniques are applied to the reservoir water to make it safe and drinkable. A field trip form will be required to be completed beforehand, the likes of which can be downloaded and printed here. Please print and bring on the first day of summer school. If you can not print the form we will have some forms on hand at the school for you to complete after initial registration and check in.
One additional heads up: the classrooms sent out for each student in the original letters home have been revised. On the first day of the program second graders will report to Mrs. Sheppard, third graders to Ms. Marsh, and fourth graders to Mr. Musselman. We will rearrange and hand out the official classroom assignments from there.
Please contact the Science Center at 781-270-1835 and ask for Mr. Musselman if you have any additional questions. We look forward to a fantastic two weeks of planning, designing, building, and improving with our students!