Category: Boston University Academy

Youth And Innovation: MA State High School Science & Engineering

May 7th, 2012 in 2012, Boston University Academy, Newsmakers, Students in the News, WFXT 0 comments

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Boston University Academy student Ricky Housley featured

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Roosevelt School program aims to make math fun

January 26th, 2012 in 2012, Boston University Academy, Newsmakers 0 comments

Melrose Free Press
Gary Garber, Boston University Academy

On the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 18, about 20 excited and energetic students from the Roosevelt Elementary School, ranging from grades 2 to 4, filled Joanne Kimball Sherman’s first-grade classroom for the first meeting of the winter session of math circle…

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Boston University Academy Educators Gear Up for Trip to NASA and Reduced Gravity Flight

June 21st, 2011 in Boston University Academy, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240 | kjastive@bu.edu

(Boston) – Next week a team of four Boston University Academy (BUA) educators will travel to NASA Johnson Space Center’s Ellington Field in Houston, TX where they will participate in the space agency’s Reduced Gravity Education Program (RGEFP). RGEFP is a program that gives undergraduate students and K – 12 educators the opportunity to propose, build and fly a reduced gravity experiment aboard NASA’s “Weightless Wonder,” a microgravity aircraft that produces a nearly weightless environment similar to space for 18 – 25 seconds at a time by executing a series of parabolas over the Gulf of Mexico.

The team from BUA, a private high school affiliated with Boston University, is one of only 14 teams of educators selected from a nation-wide pool of applicants to train for and fly aboard the reduced gravity aircraft. While in flight, they will conduct a pendulum experiment designed with input from both BUA and Boston University students. The team includes James Berkman, Head of School and instructor; Gary Garber, physics and calculus instructor; Rosemary White, chemistry instructor; and Laurie Glenn, Ancient Greek and Latin instructor.

“We are thrilled to have been chosen for this exciting opportunity,” Berkman said. “We have quite an eclectic mix of individuals on our team and we believe this will only add to the uniqueness of this experience. Gary Garber has been working hard to prepare our team’s experiment so that we can bring good data back to Boston for our students to study next year.”

BUA began its application process with NASA this spring and was required to submit an outline of the proposed experiment including which scientific concepts would be tested, what the expectations are of the experiment, how this will enhance learning by BUA students and how the experiment’s results will be communicated to the BUA community.

During their time at Ellington Field (from June 24 – July 2), the team will undergo physiological training for their flight and will complete any final preparations on their experiment. While aboard the “Weightless Wonder,” they will conduct a common high school physics experiment that explores the effects that different variables, such as mass and length, will have on the period of a simple pendulum. Although the period of a pendulum also depends on acceleration due to gravity, changing this variable is not easily accomplished in the classroom. By setting a pendulum in motion at various gravitational accelerations during their flight, the BUA educators hope to obtain a set of data for students to verify the theoretical dependence of the period of a pendulum on gravity.

“By bringing our experience and data back to Boston University Academy classrooms, we hope to enrich the already strong science program we offer our students,” said Berkman.

For more information about the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, visit http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov.

Boston University Academy is a small, day school for students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1993, the Academy offers a “ceilingless” educational experience, one in which students’ zeal for learning takes them as far as they are capable. Academy students may begin taking courses at Boston University in their junior year, earning college credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.buacademy.org.

Boston University Academy to Host Culinary Tasting Event & Auction, A Taste of BUA

March 9th, 2011 in Arts, Boston University Academy, BU In the Community, Entertainment, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University Academy (BUA) will hold its 12th annual benefit auction A Taste of BUA at 6:30 PM on Friday, April 8, 2011. The event will be hosted by NECN’s TV Diner personality, Billy Costa, and will include both live and silent auctions. Guests will enjoy tastings from area restaurants including Fugakyu, Capital Grille, Eastern Standard, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, South End Buttery, West End Johnnies, Not Your Average Joe’s and Catering on the Charles. A Taste of BUA will be held in Boston University’s celebrated 808 Gallery (808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston), which will feature a collaborative art show from local artists.

Silent and live auction items will include exotic vacation packages, tickets to sporting events and concerts, stays at luxurious hotels and gift cards for area merchants. Tickets for A Taste of BUA can be purchased for $75 per person (open bar) at http://atasteofbua.eventbrite.com/. All proceeds generated by the auction will directly benefit financial aid assistance for qualified students enrolling at Boston University Academy.

Boston University Academy is a small, day school for students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1993, the Academy offers a “ceilingless” educational experience, one in which students’ zeal for learning takes them as far as they are capable. Academy students may begin taking courses at Boston University in their junior year, earning college credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.

“Race to Nowhere” Screening at Boston University

January 26th, 2011 in Boston University Academy, BU In the Community, College of Communication, Education, Entertainment, News Releases, School of Education, Student News 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Boston University School of Education, College of Communication and on-campus high school, Boston University Academy, are hosting a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary “Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture.” The film examines the high stakes, high pressure environment of the current education system by interviewing parents, students and teachers about their experiences with standardized testing, college admissions and expectations of high achievement. The screening is free and open to the public.

Event Details
Event:
“Race to Nowhere” Screening
Hosts: Boston University School of Education, College of Communication and Academy
Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Tsai Center (685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Admission: Free and open to the public; tickets are first come, first served at the door
Contact: Kelly Proulx (617-353-3177, proulxk@bu.edu)
Lauren Glaser (617-353-5015, leglaser@bu.edu)

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

Boston University Academy to Co-Host Educational Forum

September 20th, 2010 in Boston University Academy, BU In the Community, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University Academy (BUA), along with Scholar Search Associates, will host an Educational Forum for Intellectually Curious Students and their Families on Sunday, October 17, 2010 from noon to 5:00 PM. Set to take place at Boston University’s George Sherman Union (775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston), the Forum will include presentations and roundtable discussions on timely educational issues. There will also be an exhibit hall showcasing various local and national resources geared toward intellectually curious students.

“We are excited to co-host the Forum at Boston University and believe that the event serves a deep-seated need felt by many families,” said Head of School Jim Berkman. “We hope to connect kindred spirits and introduce families to opportunities that support the unique needs of their students.”

Participating programs and organizations include Destination Imagination, EPGY at Stanford University, MIT Splash, and Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education. For additional information and to preregister for the event, please visit www.scholarsearchassoc.com. Boston University’s Forum is the first in a three-part national series. Similar events will be held at Stanford University on January 23, 2011 and the University of Chicago on March 6, 2011.

Boston University Academy is a small, day school for students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1993, the Academy offers a “ceilingless” educational experience, one in which students’ zeal for learning takes them as far as they are capable. Academy students may begin taking courses at Boston University in their junior year, earning college credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.

Boston University Academy to Host Culinary Tasting Event & Auction, A Taste of BUA

March 29th, 2010 in Boston University Academy, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University Academy (BUA) will hold its 11th annual benefit auction A Taste of BUA at 6:30 PM on Friday, April 23. The event will be hosted by NECN’s TV Diner personality Billy Costa and will include both live and silent auctions. Guests will enjoy food samples from area restaurants including Catering on the Charles, Capital Grille, Not Your Average Joe’s, Eastern Standard, When Pigs Fly, Gourmet Caterers Culinary Inspirations, West End Johnnie’s and Tabrizi Bakery. A Taste of BUA will be held in Boston University’s celebrated 808 Gallery (808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston).

The A Taste of BUA auctions will feature dozens of entries donated by businesses, parents and faculty members. Auction items will include exotic vacation packages, tickets to sporting events and concerts, stays at luxurious hotels, and gift cards for area merchants. Tickets for A Taste of BUA can be purchased for $75 per person by contacting Nicole White at (617) 358-2493. All proceeds generated by the auction will directly benefit financial aid assistance for qualified students enrolling at Boston University Academy.

Boston University Academy is a small, day school for students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1993, the Academy offers a “ceilingless” educational experience, one in which students’ zeal for learning takes them as far as they are capable. Academy students may begin taking courses at Boston University in their junior year, earning college credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.

Boston University Academy Students Named Candidates in Presidential Scholar Program

February 23rd, 2010 in Boston University Academy, News Releases, Student News 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University Academy (BUA) seniors Michela Meister, daughter of Markus Meister and Elizabeth Gibb of Cambridge, MA, and Betsy Riley, daughter of Tim and Amy Riley of Belmont, MA, were recently named candidates for the 2010 Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from the nearly 3.2 million students expected to graduate from high schools across the United States in 2010. The Commission on Presidential Scholars will make its final Presidential Scholar selections in May. Those who are chosen will be invited to Washington, D.C. where they will receive the Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony.

“We are proud of Michela and pleased to see her being recognized for her hard work while a student here at BUA,” said Head of School Jim Berkman. “The Presidential Scholars program is impressive and I believe Michela is a strong candidate. Betsy is also so deserving of this honor, is a truly exceptional student and has worked very hard during her high school years here at BUA. She is also a highly valued leader of the Academy community, in many non-academic endeavors.”

The 3,000 candidates were selected based on superior academic and artistic achievement, leadership qualities, strong character, and involvement in community and school activities. Further consideration was based on the College Board SAT or ACT Assessment exams. The final selection of Scholars will be based on students’ essays, self-assessments, school recommendations and high school transcripts.

Boston University Academy is a small, day school for students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1993, the Academy offers a “ceilingless” educational experience, one in which students’ zeal for learning takes them as far as they are capable. Academy students may begin taking courses at Boston University in their junior year, earning college credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.

Boston University Academy Students Mentors BPS Robotics Team for Upcoming Competition

December 16th, 2009 in Boston University Academy, BU In the Community, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University Academy (BUA) seniors Samuel Birch and Betsy Riley participated in a hands-on outreach workshop for teachers from four Boston Public Schools (BPS). The workshop took place at the BUA robotics lab on December 9 and offered the BPS teachers information about the materials needed for their students to participate in the VEX robotics competition and how to integrate automation into their curriculum. BUA is a known leader in robotics and the BUA team, of which Riley is the captain and Birch is a member, successfully competes in numerous national competitions each school year.

BUA physics teacher Gary Garber, who helped write a grant which secured VEX robotics kits, including $800 worth of materials, to the BPS schools said: “Sam worked really well with the BPS teachers and offered them a high level of respect and rapport. Betsy also did a great job by reflecting back on her own experiences and offered incredible insight to workshop attendees.”

Birch was responsible for giving a brief talk and explanation of how to program the robots. Riley was responsible for discussing the “platform,” or the basis for the robots to be built, and for explaining how the BUA team typically uses it to learn engineering principles. Each BPS teacher built a robot on-site with guidance from the BUA mentors. Participating BPS schools included Boston Latin School, John D. Brighton High, Tech Boston Academy and Dorchester Academy.

Boston University Academy is a small, day school for students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1993, the Academy offers a “ceilingless” educational experience, one in which students’ zeal for learning takes them as far as they are capable. Academy students may begin taking courses at Boston University in their junior year, earning college credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.

Boston University Academy Student Wins and Donates $2,500 to Boston University School of Medicine

December 4th, 2009 in Boston University Academy, News Releases, Student News 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University Academy sophomore and Natick resident Max Wallack was recently named a 2009 Build-A-Bear Huggable Hero and awarded $2,500 which he donated to the Boston University School of Medicine. Wallack was chosen from a group of international contenders as one of twelve grand-prize winners to receive a $7,500 educational savings scholarship, a $2,500 donation toward a designated cause, an expense-paid trip to participate in a professional photo shoot, and the potential to be featured in the Build-A-Bear Workshop 2010 calendar. The award is designated for use by Boston University School of Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center, an organization dedicated to conducting and facilitating cutting-edge Alzheimer’s disease research as well as enhancing clinical care for Alzheimer’s disease patients and their families. This cause is important to Wallack as he frequently contributes to Alzheimer’s disease research.

“It is wonderful to see Max accept the challenge of taking charge and making a difference,” said Boston University Academy Head of School James Berkman. Wallack’s contest entry was based around his ongoing endeavor PuzzlesToRemember, a self-founded public charity which collects new and gently used puzzles and distributes them to institutions that care for patients suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Wallack, who aspires to be a geriatric psychiatrist, founded PuzzlesToRemember in 2008 immediately following the passing of his great-grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Last year, Wallack was a top five finalist in the “Do Something 2008 Advertise Your Cause Challenge,” with an ad campaign that he designed promoting PuzzlesToRemember. The charity also received Honorary Mention from the Prudential Spirit of America organization.

Boston University Academy is a coeducational day school for students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1993, the Academy offers a “ceilingless” educational experience, one in which students’ zeal for learning takes them as far as they are capable. Academy students may begin taking courses at Boston University in their junior year, earning college credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.