What We Do
The Science Center supports the K-12 Science Curriculum in Burlington Public Schools by providing numerous resources. Our main objectives are to:
- Provide materials for hands-on science learning: seeing, doing and discovering.
- Expose students to a variety of sciences: physical, earth, life, chemistry and technology & engineering.
- Spark students’ curiosity about the world around them.
- Provide experiences difficult for a classroom teacher and lessons on current scientific events.
We have developed a Science Curriculum that is aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks Standards. It provides teachers with essential information (State standards, Burlington Science Standards, Assessments, Science Center Resources) they need to support their classrooms.
Teachers can request our hands-on Science Kits to support their Science Units. Each kit comes with a Teacher Information Binder that includes activities, assessments and background information. They also contain grade leveled science reading books, experiments and artifacts. Kits are delivered through the school mail to the classroom.
Teacher Loan Items
Exciting Science materials to use for your classroom! These include special items such as skeletons, microscopes, telescopes and bed of nails.
- New teacher training here at the Center
- Grade level workshops
- Coaching and Curriculum support
- Collaboration with Cambridge College pre-service teachers
The Science Center staff teaches Grade Level Programs at all of our Elementary schools. Click below to see the programs at each grade level.
We bring students out into nature for a closer look at the world around them.
An exhibit travels into the lobby of each of our schools for 2 weeks. Students are allowed to explore the exhibit with their class or before/after school. An assessment reflecting the Science Standards is given to each student, asking questions about the exhibit.
These are programs for the entire school. They cover main topics in the Science Curriculum and include large, exciting demonstrations similar to viewing a presentation at a Museum.
We have fun Science Contests from year to year. These have included picking the town flower, naming our new alligator, and growing the largest pumpkin.
- Working with Burlington Community Organizations (Conservation Commission, DPW, Water Department, Recycling Committee, Board of Health, Rotary, Garden Club, Scouting)
- Wildlife rehabilitation resource
- Teacher licensure
- Consultations with other school districts