BURNS SCI-TECH

Special Electives

The Special Electives at Burns Sci-Tech include Music, Art, S.T.E.M. Lab, Technology & Engineering Lab, Agriculture Science, Spanish, Physical Education, and Health & Wellness (Yoga). The S.T.E.M. and Tech Engineering Labs provide students with a foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.) through creative, hands-on learning. Students in our Art and Music classes have the opportunity to create all forms of art and perform through singing and playing instruments. The Agriculture Science program allows students to get their hands dirty and experience the joy of growing food that they get to eat. Students will get their exercise in Physical Education while also learning about Mindfulness in their Health and Wellness (Yoga) class. Finally, we have added Spanish to introduce students to a World Language and allow them to explore other cultures.

The Agriculture Science Program

The Agriculture Science Program aims to offer students with both knowledge and skills in agriculture to meet their nutritional needs and the needs of the world. When students begin, they learn the basics of plant growth as well as the foundations of nutrition. The goal is to increase love and appreciation for vegetables and plants! As students progress, they can also learn training for jobs in production, marketing, and conservation in agriculture.Our current school gardens boast 16+ raised beds, two greenhouses, aquaponics, and hydroponics for students to learn about growing crops. Agriculture Essence Bullet Points

  • Self-confidence- enjoying the food you’ve grown yourself
  • Understanding- learning about cause and effect
  • Responsibility- caring for living things
  • Love of nature- a place to learn about and appreciate the earth
  • Reasoning and discovery- learn about plants, weather, environment, engineering, nutrition, and simple construction
  • Physical activity- plenty of fresh air and sunshine
  • Cooperation- working together to achieve a goal
  • Nutrition- learning about where food comes from and how it affects our bodies
  • Hands-on learning- engages students, trial and error, and experimentation
  • Curriculum extension- brings science, reading, math, and social studies to life

S.T.E.M. Lab

In our S.T.E.M. Lab, we use multidimensional missions designed to help students explore the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In the S.T.E.M. Lab, all students enjoy the satisfaction of building things with their hands and using creative processes. Our students contemplate ideas and examine a variety of ways to solve problems, which we call missions.

Students apply the information they learn at the beginning of each mission and explore ways S.T.E.M. can help them discover the best results. We offer our students coding with Code.org, block programming to program robots and robotics competitions through the First LEGO League Expo, VEX robotics challenges, or Standardized Procedures for the Advancement of Robotic Combat (S.P.A.R.C.) competitions. We frequently have virtual visits with famous engineers and robot builders from the television show "BattleBots".Join us for our annual STEM night event with many amazing things to discover! S.T.E.M.  programs explicitly sharpen skills in: 

  • Analytical reasoning  
  • Pattern Recognition 
  • Conducting experimentations  
  • Solving real-world problems 
  • Learning through trial and error

Technology & Engineering Lab

The Technology and Engineering class is for students of all grades and gives students several opportunities to code and program. Students are able to program three types of robots, code in four languages, fly mini drones, and create virtual environments. The Tech & Engineering Course also allows students to design 2D and 3D objects and use different types of printers to create these objects. Students are challenged to learn how technology and engineering work by doing hands-on S.T.E.M. projects.

Music

Burns SciTech students participate in music classes from Kindergarten through 6th grade.  Third and fourth graders play guitars, and fifth and sixth grades play guitar.  Younger students play a variety of percussion instruments, and EVERYBODY sings!  Middle school students have the opportunity to participate in an orchestra, band, chorus, or guitar classes.

Art

“BST’s diverse art program is rooted in world-wide art history. Our students gain confidence in self-expression by creating a variety of art mediums.” The goal is to influence future generations to appreciate art around the world, while confidently expressing themselves and accepting to unique art styles and cultures that influence humanity. Mediums include drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, clay, glass fusing & engraving, wood burning.

Artsonia displays all of our student work.

Health and Physical Education

‍In Health and Physical Education, you can expect to learn fundamental movements safely, enhance sports skills, improve nutritional knowledge, enhance body and mind, strive for lifelong fitness, and of course…. Have FUN!!!

Yoga Health and Wellness

Yoga Health and Wellness education at Burns Sci-Tech is the non-competitive component of physical education. The foundation of this program is mindfulness. Students start every class with this definition “Mindfulness is the art of being aware of how I treat myself and the beautiful world around me.” Followed by Mindful Movement, where students mindfully synchronize their breathing patterns to physical movement. A kindergartener best described this as “slow-motion friendly karate”. Kindergarten and First grade are introduced to the food groups using the USDA’s Two Bite Club, which encourages children to try at least two little bites of every food group. A student that participates earns the “Two Bite Club” certificate of mastery. Students are taught coping strategies that are proven to reduce anxiety, anger, stress, and overall tension in a students’ school day. Keep up to date on Yoga Health and Wellness by visiting our Facebook page! Facebook.com/Burnswellnesscenter - In summary, the Yoga Health and Wellness program targets these areas:

  • Creates a safe space for students to move and breathe without judgment, which in turn allows
    students to feel more accepted amongst their peers.
  • Positive, non-competitive, physical/emotional education in a stress-free environment
  • Promotes self-confidence
  • Develop coping skills that, over time, results in less out of class time (a healthy alternative to classic
    discipline)
  • Helps to tackle anxiety and stress at school and home
  • Students develop healthy relationships with their body and mind and learn about them as a unit. Body
    helps mind; mind helps body.